Target: Samsung Corporations
Goal: Demand Samsung corporations to stop the exploitation of child laborers in China
Recently, the CEO of China Labor Watch, Qiang Li, discovered that Samsung, the well-known corporation responsible for producing mobile phones, DVDs, stereo equipment and the like, is one of the leading violators of labor laws. Employed at its factory in China are 50-100 children, ranging in age from ten to sixteen, working under atrocious conditions.
For eleven hours a day, 26 to 28 days a month, children have labored only to receive 70% of a traditional, adult worker’s salary. The abuse, exposed in a report by China Labor Watch, details that young workers use fake identifications to obtain employment. Once they are employed, the children work overtime for just pennies a day, constructing electronics under no supervision while operating dangerous machinery.
From eight o’clock at night until eight o’clock in the morning, little girls and boys in the factory can expect to earn as little as $1 per every night shift performed. According to China Labor Watch’s report, a 14-year-old laborer named Wu Xiaofang racked up over 84 hours of work in one month only to receive 77RMB, the equivalent of $12 USD. Wu has also reported incidences of on-site injuries in which the factory refused to seek medical treatment for the young laborers. The factory is also responsible for rejecting sick leave requests and deducting pay from her already paltry wage.
When asked about the working conditions of Samsung’s child laborers, the supplier purported that the child laborers were simply ‘making up stories’ about their terrible working conditions.
By signing this petition, you’ll condemn Samsung for violating Chinese labor laws and stand up for the hundreds of youths trapped in the dangerous life of factory work.
Dear Samsung Corporations,
Your recent violation of Chinese labor laws and apathy towards the safety of the lives of your young laborers is dismaying. The deplorable conditions that these children are forced to work under, 11-hour days, 26 to 28 days a month, for pennies, demands to be criticized. To pay these children a mere 70% of the wages adult workers receive for doing the same work is a direct breach in not only labor laws but also human rights laws and, for that, you should be ashamed.
The situation of child laborer Wu Xiaofang and many others is too depressing a reality to simply be overlooked. I urge you to stop using child laborers, to compensate these children accordingly, and to release them from the modern day slavery of working for your company.
Children deserve to be in school; to have a childhood worth remembering. Not only are you robbing them of these basic rights but you are also contributing to a widespread, global issue.
No MP3 player, DVD player, stereo system, or mobile phone is ever worth the deterioration of a human life.
Stop the abuse from continuing and respect your workers’ rights.
[Your Name Here]
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