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Samsung may have to cough up $110 million over labor violations in Brazil

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Samsung may have to cough up $110 million over labor violations in Brazil

Samsung may be next in line to receive and earful over the poor working conditions in one of its plants in Brazil, according to a report from ReporterBrasil. According to the news agency, a report by auditors for the Ministry of Labor has prompted prosecutors to file a lawsuit with the South Korean company seeking damages in the $110 million ballpark.


The reason for the claim? Apparently, two separate inspections at the site of the plant have found a number of violations such as workers spending an excess of 10 to 15 hours a day on foot, without a break for weeks. The factory which employs some 5,600 employees has, in result, seen over 2,000 employee requests to be removed due to health problems:


"Over the Last year, back problems, tendonitis, and cases of Bursitis, and other disturbances Work Related Musculoskeletal (called DORT) generated 2.018 requests for withdrawal… The frantic pace and repetitive movements typical of the production line are also compounded by flaws in the ‘layout of jobs. The company does not have the appropriate management of occupational health. She is not worried in fact in solving the problem“ commented Romulo Lins, a tax auditor with the Ministry of Labor and Employment.


Samsung has reached out to ReporterBrasil offering the following statement:


Once we receive notification about this case, we will perform an analysis of the process and will cooperate fully with the Brazilian authorities.” Samsung representatives claim that the South Korean giant is “committed to providing our employees around the world work environment that ensures the highest industry standards regarding safety, health and well-being.


Labor rights are shaping up to be a nasty spot on the smartphone industry – just recently, rival Apple was once again brought back into the fray over somewhat similar allegations thrown at Pegatron, an Apple contractor manufacturing iPhones and iPads.


source: ReporterBrasil via 9to5Google

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posted on 14 Aug 2013, 09:50 3

1. asulect (Posts: 130; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


pocket change

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 15:15 2

23. MartianMe (unregistered)


Love sam...but this is just wrong bros.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 03:41

33. chocolaking (Posts: 422; Member since: 22 May 2012)


Samsung = Lies

Poor Brazilian labours..

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 20:05 1

27. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


But the PR backlash can do much more damage.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 09:57 7

2. good2great (Posts: 1036; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


that explains the record breaking shipments and sales...

Good Job Samsung /s...
can't have success of that magnitude without someone(s) sacrifice. We saw this example with Apple.

I'm sure they will clear this all up...

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 10:05 8

3. special4u (Posts: 63; Member since: 22 May 2013)


wrong, apple may indirectly sacrifice someone, (apple--> pegatron --> workers)

while for sammy, Samsung own plants ( samsung--> workers) , there is no excuse in this case.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 11:12 5

6. VZWuser76 (Posts: 992; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I'm not saying Samsung is in the right here, far from it. But to say that Apple is anymore innocent because they ignored the issue/ maintained blissful ignorance is a cop out. With how detail oriented they are and then to just act like this isn't happening is just as bad.

My solution to this matter? Anyone involved with these working conditions needs to be sentenced to take the place of one of these workers under the same conditions for no less than 6 months. Maybe then these a-holes will understand the value of a person's life.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 10:55 2

5. giani (Posts: 246; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Yr comment is unreal. I mean HOW PATHETIC CAN you plastic boys be to defend this manufacturer even when they are exposed for doing this dirty stuff.
My faith in human kind just took another step back.

You people are SHOCKING !

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 11:31 1

9. good2great (Posts: 1036; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


/s = sarcasm

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 20:16 1

29. -box- (Posts: 3571; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Apple fans did the same thing when the Foxconn stuff first broke years ago.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 13:31 3

17. GTR722 (Posts: 211; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


Samsung is the new Apple...in everything....even with the "loyal fans"

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 18:44

26. joey_sfb (Posts: 1996; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I was an Apple fan before i buy Samsung. The feeling is different. Apple i really like their design, their ecosystem especially their iTune U. I was a fanatic because everyone that disagree with me is my enemy and is below me.

For Samsung Note 2, is just my phone for the moment.

So Samsung fans is nothing like Apple fans.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 10:05 4

4. TwentyWendy (banned) (Posts: 65; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


Still doesn't change my mind to get 64gb version of gs4 octa...

Anyway Brazilian is making better product than from China fyi

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 11:16 3

7. VZWuser76 (Posts: 992; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Wow, some of the comments here are just unbelievable. Some of these people's lives are probably being shortened, nevermind the problems they will have later in life. I know guys here in the US that work construction that are about used up by the time they reach 50, how do you think these people will fare under these conditions? But it's fine as long as I can get the newest status symbol, right?!?

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 11:16 2

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 9361; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Uh ohhhhhhh.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 11:32

10. good2great (Posts: 1036; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


lol this was my first initial comment dark...

but i erased it to be sarcastic.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 13:09 1

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 9361; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Lol watch how Sammites come to the defense.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 13:58 7

18. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1476; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Because you NEVER defend Apple....

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 15:09 4

22. SleepingOz (Posts: 2491; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)


haha "+1 bro"

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 15:18 1

24. darkkjedii (Posts: 9361; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Uh ohhhhhh

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 20:06 1

28. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Apple has what to do with this?

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 11:48

34. VZWuser76 (Posts: 992; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Seriously. PA is one big fanboys site. Apple vs Android vs WP. Apple & WP fanboys making inflammatory comments on Android articles, Android & WP fanboys making inflammatory comments on Apple articles, Apple and Android fanboys making inflammatory comments on WP articles. Everyone is happy to try to bring down the other companies, but defends their OS of choice when the same thing happens. If hypocrisy was s**t we'd be up to our noses in it on this site. Try taking the article and putting your favorite company's name in it's place and tell me if you'd make the same comment.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 11:48 1

11. xtian1103 (Posts: 352; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


take that you rotten kimchi!!! (i just replaced the word fruit because it's samsung's time to shine!)

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 11:53 1

12. PhoneCritic (Posts: 331; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Guess Google has the right Idea Manufacture back in the good ol' US of A. See cheap labor is not getting cheaper anymore.

Remember in the

70's everything was made in Japan ( cheap labor) Japaneses people began demanding better working conditions and higher pay as the became a industrial nation. Solution?

Move to Mexico - people began demanding better working conditions and higher pay as the became a industrial nation. Solution?

in the 80's
Move to india - people began demanding better working conditions and higher pay as the became a industrial nation. Solution?

Movie to South America - people began demanding better working conditions and higher pay as the became a industrial nation. Solution?

in the 90's

Move to China - people began demanding better working conditions and higher pay as the became a industrial nation. Solution?

in the not so distant future

Bring back everything to the US of A because no trans- Atlantic shipping costs, no Pesky Government shake downs and bribing, no uprisings where your execs get killed and the Labor movement can be very violent.

in the USA people are out of work and anything they can get helps them put food on the table and a roof over their heads and guess what? any left over cash they can treat themselves to a high tech device like a smartphone. Imagine that companies being able to sell their goods in America because the American people have Jobs and money to spend. Go figure?

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 12:37 1

13. androiphone20 (Posts: 1136; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Die for Plastic

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 13:15 1

15. livyatan (Posts: 562; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


100 million is too little.
But still this is great news.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 13:29 2

16. networkdood (Posts: 5645; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Pretty much all companies should be paying these fines, as this is what capitalism has brought to our world.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 13:58

19. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1476; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Who cares, it's just Brazil

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 14:28 2

20. Ninetysix (Posts: 1094; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Finally...the typical fandroid response comes out. Was waiting for this. Still missing a post from the usual fandroids...you know who you are.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 15:19 1

25. darkkjedii (Posts: 9361; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


About what I'd expect from him.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 20:22

30. -box- (Posts: 3571; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I dunno, Brazilians, people who care about their fellow man, even those they'll never see or meet?

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 14:28

21. Topcat488 (Posts: 1049; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


I wonder if Samsung is going to set up suicide nets around their factories like that at Foxconn... I carry both Apple and Samsung smartphones, and condemn both companies for their sad working conditions. :(

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 20:24

31. -box- (Posts: 3571; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


time to switch companies?

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 00:43 1

32. Sondae (Posts: 181; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)


This would be a lesson for samsung that brazil isnt like china and they should care for there workers to.

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