Samsung supplier employs child workers, forces excessive hours under harsh conditions in China, group says

“A Chinese company that assembles devices for Samsung Electronics Co. hired children at its production facilities and forced employees to work excessive hours, violating labor laws, China Labor Watch said in a report,” Mark Lee reports for Bloomberg.
“Seven children younger than 16 were working in the factory of HEG Electronics (Huizhou) Co. that makes phones and DVD players for Samsung, according to the report issued today,” Lee reports. “Child workers faced the ‘same harsh conditions’ as adults and were paid only 70 percent of the wages of other workers, according to the New York-based group, which said it conducted investigations in June and July.”

Lee reports, “China Labor Watch previously published reports on… Foxconn Technology Group, the assembler of Apple Inc. iPhones and iPads… The latest report said working conditions at HEG are ‘well below’ those at Apple suppliers… ‘The company has clearly violated Chinese labor laws,’ China Labor Watch said about HEG Electronics. ‘A serious light needs to be shined on these issues.’”

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