Prosecutors in Brazil have sued Samsung, alleging that the company is violating the country’s labour code. The prosecutors claim that employees in one Samsung factory have been working extremely long shifts for many days now. They are demanding more than USD 100 million in damages. Samsung, it seems, is in trouble.
According to The Ministry of Labour (Brazil), employees at the factory have been working up to 15 hours, in a day, with 10 of those hours on their feet. For 27 days straight. Also, the rate at which the parts were being assembled was dangerously fast. According to the investigations, there have been reports of illness and other health issues with the employees at the factory.
The Zona Franca de Manaus plant was where the audit was performed serves as one of the largest Samsung factories in the world. There are about 6,000 employees and the factory serves the entirety of Latin America. A report on the Tribuna Hoje newspaper website claims that workers at the plant are given just 6 seconds, to place the phone accessories along with the phone in the packaging. The investigation has also uncovered numerous other issues.
Samsung read a statement pertaining to the charges:
“We are conducting a thorough review of the complaint, and promise to fully cooperate 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 official
Samsung is one of the most popular electronic companies in the world. Their smartphones hold an admirable market share. Apart from that, Samsung’s other products such as TV’s are also quite famous. With competitors on the rise, and looking to gain momentum, Samsung will have to come up with a solution to avoid any further damage.
Interesting to note that the company faces some 1,200 legal complaints by workers at the Zona Franca de Manaus plant.