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Samsung publishes first audit of working conditions at Chinese factories: high turnover, no huge violations

Samsung publishes first audit of working conditions at Chinese factories: high turnover, no huge violations
Apple’s Foxconn manufacturing plants might have brought overseas working conditions into focus after a few Chinese workers committed suicide jumping from the buildings under the stress of long work hours, but working conditions are a problem not only in Apple’s suppliers. Now, after reports of poor working conditions in its Chinese plants, Samsung has finished the first big audit of its HEG Electronics facility in Huizhou, China and it reveals some interesting facts, but no illegal practices.

In August 2012, a report by China Labor Watch raised concern about the factory’s condition, and in a three week period from August 9th to August 30th, Samsung audited the HEG plant.

Interestingly, it turns out that the turnover rate at the HEG facility is huge, nearly 30% per month. This actually made it hard to have conclusive results from the audit as the workforce just changed so quickly.

Samsung’s investigators did not find any underage workers on site, but there were 520 students aged between 16 and 18. That’s nearly 19% of HEG’s total workforce, but it’s not illegal - in that particular Chinese province student workers below 18 can compose up to 30% of the company’s staff.

The average salary for HEG employees was $275 (1740 yuan), more than the minimum 950 yuan for Huizhou China province.

So overall, Samsung will take measures against overtime that was sometimes more than the allowed 9 hours a week and also provide access to a medical clinic, right now missing for the workers.

source: Samsung Tomorrow

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