Brazil Sues Samsung for $108 Million Over Labor Conditions

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Brazil is suing Samsung for $108 million over labor conditions at its Manaus factory, reports The Guardian.

Brazil's labour ministry has found "serious" labour violations, including working up to 15 hours of work a day and insufficient breaks at Samsung's Manaus factory, labour rights group Reporter Brasil has reported on its website. The group said the lawsuit is seeking $108m (£70m) in damages. Prosecutors allege that in 2012 more than 2,000 workers suffered from health problems such as back injuries that were related to working conditions, the group reports.

"Once we receive the complaint in question, we will conduct a thorough review and fully co-operate with the Brazilian authorities. We take great care to provide a workplace environment that assures the highest industry standards of health, safety, and welfare for our employees across the world," Samsung said in a statement.

A recent report from China Labor Watch has also put Apple into the spotlight again over alleged labor abuses at Pegatron, a company contracted by Apple to produce its mobile devices.

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Great. - August 15, 2013 at 1:26am
There goes Samsung trying to copy Apple…again.
Iphone_hack - August 14, 2013 at 5:51pm
This is another way or gov or company trying to get easy money. I am sure they know the conditions, same as apple factory in china. They just look the other way and wait for the correct time to fine the company. As for the workers, i am sure the majority still need to work even on bad conditions because if they don't want there are thousands waiting in line to replace them. Again same as in china.
John - August 14, 2013 at 4:23pm
I wish they lose more money for treating people like trash. Samsung doesn't get enough publicity for there bad behavior.
justabrake - August 14, 2013 at 2:49pm
This is what happens to an ungrateful country for which samsung opening a factory thier so people would have jobs !
Ihatewin8 - August 14, 2013 at 3:15pm
Oh really? You think Samsung Corp. did that because they care for unemployment in Brazil? No Dude is Capitalism it's about cheap labor and profitability. Unless you work in one of those sweat factories you can not imagine how life look would be working there So don't say that workers must be great full to be treated like slaves in 21st century
NotSamsungfanboy - August 14, 2013 at 3:44pm
And you must know exactly what the working conditions are in that factory? Yes, it's cheap labour and it might be a sweat shop, but you have to compare the working conditions to other factories within Brazil and not to other first world countries. I doubt the working condition in the Samsung factory will be any worse than other similar factories in Brazil.
Ihatewin8 - August 14, 2013 at 4:37pm
You didn't understand my point did you ? I was referring to previous post saying that the workers must be grateful of working in Samsung and as you said all over the brazil working condition is bad so there is nothing to be grateful you got it ?
NotSamsungfanboy - August 14, 2013 at 5:17pm
I think you're the one who don't understand my point. You are comparing Brazil to other first world countries. Why shouldn't Brazilians be grateful if the working conditions are the same throughout the Brazil? Samsung is indeed giving them a lot of job opportunities, although I agree with you that Samsung's intentions were merely financial. You have to compare apples with apples. I don't know where you are from but say you are from the US, of course you wouldn't feel grateful to work in that said factory because the conditions are a lot worse than the US, but for a lot of Brazilians having a job at that factory means a lot to them, as they can provide food and shelter and whatnot for their families.
Ihatewin8 - August 14, 2013 at 6:42pm
You still insisting in same thing, my point is there is no grateful ness for living on poverty and rough working condition doesn't matter if you are in Brazil working in Samsung or you are in Brazil in middle of Amazon harvesting plants Also since we are from USA it doesn't mean our standard must be higher than others what you saying is if someone is in third world they must be happy if they have a job no matter how labor intensive and low pay is the pay since you are in USA for you it must be different since you are a different Human species and they are not! Just because you are spoiled it doesn't mean they have to be grateful for hardship since it could be worst for them because they are in third world also for your information Brazil is not a third world country it is newly industrialized country (NIC) and a member of G8 so we can't talk about labor over there like you talking about Bangladesh or Ghana Although every human deserve respect dignity and a roof overhead with Job and shelter. American or not
Bking - August 14, 2013 at 11:10pm
Man, reading your comment is giving me a headache. I assume English isn't your first language, or, you are a 12 y/o kid. Use some punctuations, dude.
NotSamsungfanboy - August 15, 2013 at 5:55am
Dude? You think your English is wetter than mine ? No mr English I am
Tom - August 15, 2013 at 8:59am
You are suppose to be defending your self and you made yourself look more of a retard by making a spelling mistake
NotSamsungfanboy - August 15, 2013 at 3:35pm
Haha. I'm pretty sure Bking's comment is directed to "ihatewin8" but not me. Also, I don't know if you can tell but the other "NotSamsungfanboy" is not me.
NotSamsungfanboy - August 15, 2013 at 5:21pm
Haha. I'm pretty sure Bking's comment is directed to "ihatewin8" but not me. Also, I don't know if you can tell but the other "NotSamsungfanboy" is not me.
BKing - August 15, 2013 at 10:57pm
Actually I was talking About you NotSamsungfanboy it's pretty obvious your lack of education and command on English plus your Arrogant reply to ihatewindows8 I just can't stand you NotSam.... Nobody does lol
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