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23 Jun 2019

Hankyoreh (South Korea)

Report finds exploitative working conditions in Samsung factories across Asia

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"Worked to death at the ripe age of 22", 23 June 2019

...Hankyoreh reporters visited nine cities in Vietnam, India, and Indonesia...this is the first attempt by a media organization to link the situation in South Korea with other countries.

...This five-part series will be assessing Samsung Electronics’ sustainability...

...Samsung is exploiting the young people of Asia...Youth who are hired as irregular workers stick with grueling jobs with the hope of a permanent position only to be kicked out of the job when they reach their mid-20s. Though Samsung prides itself on being one of the world’s leading companies, its working conditions are barely sufficient for these workers to keep food on the table.

At Samsung Electronics plants in India, Vietnam, and Indonesia, Hankyoreh reporters found that the company was engaged in various activities that either skirted local laws and international standards or overtly violated them. Workers at plants in these countries shared their personal experiences with violations of minimum wage and probationary worker laws, forced labor, unfair termination, and verbal abuse, among other matters.

This violates Samsung’s promise to protect labor rights and the rights of overseas workers…stipulated in the migrant workers’ guidelines that the company announced in 2016. It also violates the company’s declaration to strictly comply with international norms…

Part of the following timelines

France: Samsung Electronics indicted for misleading advertising re. alleged labour abuses & child labour in China, S. Korea & Vietnam

Samsung lawsuit (re misleading advertising & labour rights abuses)