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:
Samsung has reached out to ReporterBrasil offering the following statement:
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.
23. MartianMe (unregistered)
Love sam...but this is just wrong bros.
33. chocolaking (Posts: 421; Member since: 22 May 2012)
Samsung = Lies
Poor Brazilian labours..
27. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
But the PR backlash can do much more damage.
2. good2great (Posts: 1035; 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...
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.
6. VZWuser76 (Posts: 986; 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.
5. giani (Posts: 244; 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 !
29. -box- (Posts: 3566; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Apple fans did the same thing when the Foxconn stuff first broke years ago.
17. GTR722 (Posts: 209; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)
Samsung is the new Apple...in everything....even with the "loyal fans"
26. joey_sfb (Posts: 1973; 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.
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
7. VZWuser76 (Posts: 986; 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?!?
10. good2great (Posts: 1035; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
lol this was my first initial comment dark...
but i erased it to be sarcastic.
14. darkkjedii (Posts: 9280; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Lol watch how Sammites come to the defense.
28. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Apple has what to do with this?
34. VZWuser76 (Posts: 986; 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.
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!)
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?
15. livyatan (Posts: 560; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
100 million is too little.
But still this is great news.
16. networkdood (Posts: 5517; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Pretty much all companies should be paying these fines, as this is what capitalism has brought to our world.
20. Ninetysix (Posts: 1072; 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.
30. -box- (Posts: 3566; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I dunno, Brazilians, people who care about their fellow man, even those they'll never see or meet?
21. Topcat488 (Posts: 1039; 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. :(
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.