Korean electronics giant Samsung is facing legal action from public prosecutors in Brazil following allegations that one of its factories is violating labour laws.
According to the BBC, the prosecutors' office in the Amazonian city of Manaus has received complaints from numerous employees who claimed that, among other allegations, they were only given 32 seconds to fully assemble mobile phones, and just over a minute to fully construct a TV set.
The factory, which employs 6,000 people, is located in the Manaus Free Trade Zone, which was set up to entice huge high-tech corporations to the city with the use of tax breaks. The prosecutors' office damages claim amounts to 250m reais (£70m), roughly half a percent of Samsung's annual profits of more than £13bn.
It is claimed that workers endure 15-hour shifts, while others suffer from back pain and cramp following 10-hour stints of non-stop standing.
In a statement, Samsung said that it had yet to see the complaint, but said once it had been received it would "conduct a thorough review and fully co-operate with the Brazilian authorities." It added: "We take great care to provide a workplace environment that assures the highest industry standards of health, safety, and welfare for our employees across the world."
Last year, a Samsung audit found that several of its Chinese factories were breaching workers' rights, with employees forced to work 100 hours per month of unpaid overtime. As a result, the firm said that it had enacted resolutions including anonymous abuse-reporting hotlines and better safety training for employees.
Samsung is not the only hardware giant facing serious questions about its factories' labour practices. Foxconn, which manufactures Apple's hardware, has found itself under intense scrutiny, with reports of suicides among its workers and strikes at its premises.
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