No child labour at HTNS: Samsung

Audit of Chinese factories convinces South Korean giant that labour group was mistaken

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No child labour at HTNS: Samsung Samsung has pledged to terminate the contract of any supplier found to be hiring underage workers. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  December 16, 2012

Samsung Electronics yesterday dismissed claims by labour-rights activists that Chinese phone-cover supplier HTNS Shenzhen Co had employed underage workers, Reuters reported.

According to Samsung, an audit of Chinese sites that began in September included an interview with one worker on Friday alleged by China Labor Watch to be underage. At the meeting, conducted on HTNS premises in the presence of the labour watchdog, the worker claimed to be over 18.

According to Samsung similar investigations revealed two other workers, no longer employed by HTNS, were of legal age at the time they were hired.

As part of Samsung's audit, the South Korean firm implemented a series of recruitment practice amendments, including more stringent identification and in-person interviews of candidates, and the introduction of electronic devices designed to detect fake ID cards.

Samsung also introduced new training courses and guidelines intended to help managers and administrators and pledged continued monitoring of sites by a third-party auditor. Any supplier found to have hired underage workers would have its contract with Samsung terminated, the company said.

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