Samsung to investigate child labour claims at factory

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Samsung has already sprung into action in response to accusations that its HEG Electronics supplier is forcing underage children to work under harsh conditions.

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The Korean handset maker is sending a team this week to the HEG Electronics factory in Huizhou, China, to conduct its own investigation, according to The Verge. This will be Samsung's third probe of the facility; the first two failed to turn up any issues.

HEG Electronics, which makes DVD players and mobile phones for Samsung, has been accused by China Labor Watch (CLW) of employing children under the age of 16.

A new report from CLW found that children work the same 11 to 13 hours per day as adults do, but are paid less. Employees also are given just 40 minutes per day to eat, while the meals and dormitory conditions are described as "appalling".

CNET contacted Samsung for comment, but had not responded at the time of writing..

The company sent the following statement to The Verge:

Samsung Electronics has conducted two separate on-site inspections on HEG's working conditions this year, but found no irregularities on those occasions. A team of inspectors consisting of Samsung personnel from Korea headquarters will be dispatched to Huizhou, China on 9 August, and it will immediately launch an investigation and take appropriate measures to correct any problems that may surface. Samsung Electronics is a company held to the highest standards of working conditions, and we try to maintain that at our facilities and the facilities of partner companies around the world.

China Labor Watch previously investigated Apple supplier Foxconn over poor working conditions. The new report on HEG Electronics said that conditions at its facility were "well below" those at Foxconn.

Via CNET.com



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