Samsung under fire for alleged labour law violations in Brazil
Public prosecutors in Brazil have begun legal action against the South Korean electronics giant Samsung, alleging that it has been infringing labour laws at one of its factories.
According to Reporter Brasil, a Brazilian news agency that reports on labour issues, the lawsuit was filed after the Ministry of Labor and Employment carried out two inspections at a Samsung factory in the city of Manaus, where some of the company's smartphones are assembled.
Prosecutors accuse the company of making its employees work long, tiring shifts without sufficient breaks. Media reports cite one worker who reported packing nearly 3,000 phones a day.
In a statement, Samsung said it would analyse the process and fully co-operate with the Brazilian authorities: "We are committed to offering our collaborators around the world a work environment that ensures the highest standards when it comes to safety, health and well-being," the company has stated.
The news follows recent allegations against fellow technology giant Apple concerning worker rights violations at Chinese factories of one of its suppliers, the Pegatron Group. Both Apple and Pegatron are currently investigating the allegations. "Apple is committed to providing safe and fair working conditions throughout our supply chain," the company said in a statement.