Another case of child workers, under 16, was uncovered at the Shinyang Electronics factory in Dongguan, China. Making cell phone covers and parts for Samsung, this factory had children work the same long 11-hour night-shifts at the same intensity as adult workers but paid them one-third less.
It is Samsung's duty to prevent child labor and other labor violations in its supplier factories!
China Labor Watch (CLW) has carried out over a dozen investigations of labor conditions at China-based Samsung factories and Samsung supplier factories since 2012. These investigations have uncovered labor violations, including unpaid overtime wages and more than 200 monthly overtime hours, but one of the most serious violations has been the employment of child labor. In less than two years, CLW has exposed child labor in three factories making Samsung products.
This June, Samsung published its 2014 sustainability report titled “Global Harmony” saying that “no instances of child labor were found” in more than 200 inspected factories. Yet around the same time, CLW’s undercover investigator uncovered five children working at just one Samsung supplier factory, the Shinyang Electronics factory in Dongguan, China. These children work, without a labor contract, under deplorable circumstances and are only paid for 10 hours of work a day despite working for 11 hours.
With serious and persistent labor violations, Samsung’s social commitments seem like nothing more than false advertisement meant to bolster its image as a responsible corporate citizen.
Instead of reacting to news of violations, Samsung should be proactively improving the working conditions at the factories making Samsung products in order to prevent future instances of child labor, unpaid overtime, unsafe workplaces, and other abuses.
We demand that Samsung stops profiting from child labor and other labor rights violations!