Samsung Labor Conditions Are Still Terrible

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Samsung recently commissioned an independent inspection of 100 of its suppliers in China. Surprise: their working conditions are still dreadful.

Mercifully, the report does at least report that there's currently no child labor used in the factories that manufacture Samsung products. But the rest makes for depressing reading.


Most of the factories fail to comply with China's legally permitted overtime hours; a third don't provide social insurance. In terms of physical threats, half have workers under the age of 18 handling hazardous chemicals; 33 fail to manage sewage and waste disposal properly; and three exceeded limits for dust and noise levels.

It's the latest in a long series of labor horror stories, not just from Samsung. It's heartening in some sense that Samsung has rectified 1,934 work hazard issues in the past year, though, and now has 2,000 "highly trained" inspectors to continue the trend.

Which, arguably, it needs to—because it wants to be recognized as one of the world's top 10 places to work by 2020. Good luck, Sammy. Good luck. [Samsung via Wall Street Journal via Verge]

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I don't know anything about the situation over there, aside from knowing that most of our imports are from there, and obviously all these stories about the labor and that many businesses move there for the cost benefits. Also that their internet is censored.

My question: Are these conditions because of "over population" or just so many people there? Could they ever have our minimum wage?