Feeds

Samsung faces Brazilian rap: Factory bods work '15hrs without break'

Staff stand all day without rest, officials claim in $110m sueball

3 Big data security analytics techniques

Samsung is being sued for about $110m by the Brazilian government for allegedly forcing employees to work long shifts on its assembly lines without a break.

It is claimed the South Korean giant's factory in Manaus, a city in the north of the South American nation, puts workers' health at risk by making them to do repetitive tasks at an intense pace, often while standing all day - allegedly in breach of Brazil's laws.

Inspectors from the state of Amazonas' ministry of labour apparently discovered that some of the 6,000 staff at the firm's largest factory - which is responsible for supplying all of Latin America - were working non-stop 15 hour days. During three checks in May 2011, the ministry also said it had discovered one bod who had been at work for 27 days without a break.

As well as filing a lawsuit for damages, the ministry wants to enforce ten-minute breaks for every 50 minutes of strenuous activities and to provide chairs for assembly line staff.

Samsung said that it had yet to receive the legal grumble from the labour ministry.

"Once we receive the complaint in question, we will conduct a thorough review and fully cooperate with the Brazilian authorities," the company said in an emailed statement. "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, like its main rival Apple, has been accused of not tackling poor working practices in its factories. China Labour Watch has previously said workers assembling Sammy products in China were working 16 hour days with only one day off a month. ®

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties
Companies want payout on recordings made before 1972
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
Number crunching suggests Yahoo! US is worth less than nothing
China and Japan holdings worth more than entire company
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.