UN Human Rights Report Expresses Concern over Samsung threatening Whistle Blowers at their Vietnam Galaxy Plants
It's being reported today that UN human rights experts have voiced concern about reports that female workers and labour activists had been subjected to 'intimidation and harassment' in Vietnam after speaking out about working conditions at Samsung's two huge manufacturing plants in the south-east Asian country.
In a statement released in Geneva on Tuesday, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said it asked Samsung for clarification on reports that workers in the South Korean company's two factories in Vietnam were threatened with lawsuits if they talked to people outside the company about working conditions.
The Financial Times reports that "The rebuke from the UN is an embarrassment for Samsung and a sensitive issue for Vietnam, a growing hub for low-cost manufacturing where the Korean group is the largest foreign investor.
Samsung's Vietnamese unit has registered capital of nearly $15bn and employs about 100,000 people, making half of the group's smartphones, including the flagship Galaxy series.
The UN statement came after workers at Samsung's Vietnamese plants raised concerns about long hours and unhealthy work conditions at the factories in Vietnam's northern Bac Ninh and Thai Nguyen provinces, near the capital Hanoi. The report, based on interviews with 45 female workers saying they had suffered health consequences associated with unhealthy working conditions.
Samsung said in response: 'We take the concerns of the UN human rights experts very seriously. We have already taken actions to investigate and will co-operate closely with relevant UN bodies and experts to clarify the matter.'" For more on this, read the full Financial Times report here.
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