Samsung investigating child labor claims in Chinese production factory

Samsung is investigating one of its suppliers and whether or not factories in China used child labor.

Published Fri, Jul 11 2014 1:15 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:15 PM CST

Korean electronics company Samsung is under fire due to suspicions one of its suppliers uses child labor to help keep costs down. The latest round of accusations are courtesy of China Labor Watch, a U.S. activist group that tracts illegal workplace behavior in China.

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Some employees in the Dongguan plant are reportedly under the age of 16, and work 11 hours a day, 7 days per week, while not receiving overtime pay. If the allegations are true, it's a tragic situation that unfortunately we seem to hear more information about.

"We are urgently looking into the latest allegations and will take appropriate measures in accordance with our policies to prevent any cases of child labor in our suppliers," Samsung noted in an emailed statement to Reuters.

The Chinese government turns a blind eye - and there have been allegations of bribes to select politicians - but people in western nations have pressured manufacturers to ensure there is increased transparency.

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