Tech titan a bad boss in China: Report

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Tech titan a bad boss in China: Report

Samsung forces employees at its Chinese factories to work up to five times the legal overtime limit, bans them from sitting down and denies basic labor rights, according to a U.S.-based watchdog.

According to China Labor Watch’s probe of eight factories, the electronics giant is guilty of widespread “legal and inhumane violations.”

These include forcing workers at the Tianjin Samsung Mobile Display factory to put in as many as 189 hours of overtime in a month, when the legal limit is 36 hours, according to a report released in New York.

Employees at the factories that make consumer products including cell phones, TVs and refrigerators regularly stand for 11 to 12 hours while working at a frantic pace, the 122-page report said.

For example, employees at the Suzhou Samsung Electronics Company facility in eastern Jiangsu Province have to assemble a nearly one-meter-long (three-foot-long) panel and install two screws every nine seconds, while workers at Tianjin Intops, a supply factory, have to assemble a cell phone case every five seconds.

Employees who wish to complain about mistreatment have no one to turn to, the report said.

“Workers lack any effective grievance channel by which to rectify these transgressions,” it said.

The group probed six Samsung factories and two Samsung supplier plants by sending undercover investigators there and interviewing employees outside the workplace.

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