Samsung Labour Conditions are Still Terrible

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Samsung recently commissioned an independent inspection of 100 of its suppliers in China. Surprise: their working conditions are still dreadful.

Mercifully, the report does at least report that there's currently no child labour used in the factories that manufacture Samsung products. But the rest makes for depressing reading.

Most of the factories fail to comply with China's legally permitted overtime hours; a third don't provide social insurance. In terms of physical threats, half have workers under the age of 18 handling hazardous chemicals; 33 fail to manage sewage and waste disposal properly; three exceed limits for dust and noise levels.

It's heartening in some sense that Samsung has rectified 1,934 work hazard issues in the past year, though, and now has 2,000 "highly trained" inspectors to continue the trend.

Which, arguably, it needs to because it wants to be recognised as one of the world's top 10 places to work by 2020. Good luck, Sammy. Good luck. [Samsung via Wall Street Journal via Verge]

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