Ethical Issues Associated With The Korean Based Company

1021 Words Nov 7th, 2014 5 Pages
Korean based company Samsung has many ethical issues associated with their company. One such issue is low wages. One place where this is an issue is in their factories, especially in china. According to theguardian.com, workers in one factory were paid 1,310 renminbi per month, which is the equivalent of 206 U.S. dollars. Because the pay is so low, these workers are forced to work overtime in order to provide for themselves and their families. Theguardian.com also alleges that some workers worked up to 100 hours per month of overtime. Theguardian.com references China Labor Watch, a New York based organization set up by Li Quang. They allege that up to six Samsung factories and two suppliers showed that safety regulations were not …show more content…
The China Labor Watch has discovered that many children laborers are working in Samsung factories without labor contracts, and many workers are working 11 hour shifts, but only being paid for 10 hours. China Labor Watch’s investigation into Shinyang revealed 15 labor violations. One such violation had to do with child labor, with these children being paid less. Wantchinatimes.com even alleges that some children would work these 11-hour shifts, six days a week. These child laborers were also paid only 70% of what their adult counterparts were paid. “These children, without a labor contract, do the same work for the same long night-shift hours and at the same intensity as adult workers but are paid one-third less.” The Shinyang factory also hires temporary workers, who are paid a flat hourly rate, regardless of overtime. Some of these workers are even forced to sign a blank labor contract, and do not learn the terms of this contract until they have worked for one month. China Labor Watch also makes allegations of excessive overtime hours. “Workers are made to work 11 hours per day, as many as 30 days per month, accumulating more than 120 hours of overtime, more than three times in excess of China’s legal limit of 36 hours.” “TSEC, SSDP, and Intops require workers to come into work up to 20 minutes early every day for
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