Brazil Sues Samsung for $108 Million Over Labor Conditions

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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Brazil Sues Samsung for $108 Million Over Labor Conditions

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.
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.
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