A Chinese labour watchdog has claimed that Samsung has infringed labour laws, by allowing children under the age of 16 to work long factory hours.
“The company has clearly violated Chinese labor laws,” China Labor Watch told Bloomberg. “A serious light needs to be shined on these issues.”
According the the report, the under-16 employees face the “same harsh conditions” as adults, and are paid less.
The 2,000 employees are allegedly forced to work between 11 and 13 hours with only a 40-minute lunch break.
Meals and dormitory conditions are also said to be “appalling”.
“Samsung Electronics has conducted two separate on-site inspections on HEG’s working conditions this year but found no irregularities on those occasions,” Samsung spokesman Nam Ki Yung told Bloomberg.
“Given the report, we will conduct another field survey at the earliest possible time to ensure our previous inspections have been based on full information and to take appropriate measures to correct any problems that may surface”, Nam Ki Yung concluded.