Factories where Samsung DVD players and mobile phones are assembled are rife with labor rights abuses, a Chinese labor watchdog charged today.
According to a report (PDF) released today, HEG Electronics allegedly employs children under the age of 16 and forces its factory employees to work unreasonably long hours.
"The company has clearly violated Chinese labor laws," the watchdog, China Labor Watch, told Bloomberg in an article today. "A serious light needs to be shined on these issues."
According to China Labor Watch's report, which is based on an investigator working undercover at HEG, child labor is prevalent in the factory and the children face the "same harsh conditions" as adults but are paid less. All 2,000 employees are allegedly obliged to work between 11 and 13 hours per day and are only given a 40-minute break to eat. On top of that the report lists the worker meals and dormitory conditions as "appalling."
China Labor Watch's report on HEG comes after a similar report it did on Apple's iPad and iPhone manufacturer, Foxconn. The watchdog accused of Foxconn of such abysmal labor standards that several workers committed suicide. These accusations led to Apple bringing in the Fair Labor Association earlier this year to audit the manufacturer's facilities. The FLA found a host of issues with working conditions, including excess overtime and low wages. Foxconn agreed with the FLA to reduce hours and increase pay for its employees.
According to China Labor Watch's new report on HEG, the conditions are "well below" those at Foxconn.
Updated at 5:55 p.m. PT with comment from Samsung's spokesperson.