Samsung’s Poor Working Conditions Revealed in Brazil

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Brazil’s ministry of labor of has filed a civil-action lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. seeking 250 million reais (US$108 million) in damages for what it said is poor working conditions at the company’s assembly lines in the country’s free trade zone.

In the lawsuit filed on August 9, the government said its audit turned up serious labor violation at a Samsung plant employing about 6,000 workers in the Manaus Free Trade Zone in the state of Amazonas.

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The Brazilian government’s allegations corroborate an earlier report by Repórter Brasil,  a São Paulo-based labor advocacy group.

At the Manaus plant, workers work up to 10 hours at a time on their feet, packaging electronics goods literally within seconds.  The following is the breakdown of time and movements spent on packaging an electronic item by a team of about ten Samsung employees in Brazil as revealed by Repórter Brasil:

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