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Samaung Electronics Co Ltda said last Monday it had suspended business with a Chinese supplier it  suspected of employing child labour, less than a week after a U.S watchdog report accused the supplier of using under-aged workers.
The South Korean smartphone maker said it found an “illegal hiring process” at Donguan Shinyang Electronics Co Ltd, which supplies mobile phone covers and parts.
Dongguan Shinyang Electronics could not immediately be reached for comment. South Korean firm Shinyaung Engineering Co Ltd.,which owns all of Dongguan Shinyaung, also could not be immediately reached for comment.
Samsaung added that it had previously found no child worders at the Chinese company in  three audits since 2013. The latest audit ended no June 25.
“The Chinese authorities are also looking into the case,” Samsaung said in a statement on Monday, adding that it would cut all ties with the supplier if the allegations were true.
“If the investigations conclude that the supplier indeed hired children illegally, Samsaung will permanently halt business with the supplier in accordance with its zero-tolerance policy on child labour,” it said.
U.S-based China Labour Watch released a report on Thursday alleging that the Chinese firm used child labour. The U.S watchdog said it had found “at least five child workers” without contracts at the supplier.
Samsaung demands suppliers adopt a hiring process that includes face-to-face interviews and the use of scanners to detect fake IDs, to ensure no child labourers are employed.
But China Labour Watch said that Samsung’s monitoring system was ineffective.
The watchdog accused one of Samsung’s suppliers of using child labour in 2012. Samsung subsequende workers at the facility.
Source from Myanmar Business Today, 24-30 July,2014