Report paints dire picture of Samsung factory's working conditions
The electronics giant's Chinese manufacturing plant is said to employ
children in an injury-prone environment
Earlier this year, allegations that workers at Apple's manufacturing partner
in China, Foxconn, were being subjected to deplorable working conditions
came to light and soon exploded into a major international investigation.
Now a report by China Labor Watch indicates that Foxconn is far from alone
in its practices. In fact, HEG Electronics, which manufactures products for
Samsung, might just be **worse.**
According to the report, obtained by Laptop Mag, investigators found that
HEG employs children under the age of 16 as "student laborers" that account
for up to 80% of its workforce. These children are reportedly recruited from
high schools to make up a temporary workforce during high-capacity periods
such as new product launches.
One 14-year-old girl interviewed by investigators told of how she fell down
stairs while walking from the on-site employee housing to her job on the
assembly line, only to be denied medical treatment and by her superiors. She
was docked pay following the incident and subsequently fired.
Other workers at the HEG factory told investigators that they are commonly
hit by management and are forced to endure physical punishments such as
standing at their posts for day-long shifts if they're not fast enough at
their work. Psychological punishments are also reportedly practiced, such as
workers having to write self-criticisms while facing constant threats of
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