Posted by Abhijeet M. 12 months ago

Workers at Samsung Display in Slovakia treated horribly?


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It looks like Brazil may not be the only country where Samsung workers are treated unfairly. We received an email a few hours ago, mentioning that conditions are as bad, if not worse, in Slovakia at Samsung Display, the Samsung group responsible for manufacturing and assembling displays. It seems the issue is ongoing for a few years now, and that workers are made to work in extreme temperatures without being offered any water, aren’t allowed to go empty their bladders, and the like.

According to a Samsung Display worker, the workers are threatened against speaking to the media about the issues, especially after a serious incident where one man in his 50s died from cardiac arrest after being forced to complete his shift even after he had resigned. It sounds made-up to us, but if true, it’s an evil the Slovakian government should look into as soon as possible.

Here’s the quoted text from the email, explaining some of the horrid conditions:

1. Even though the temperature outside the factory was 40 degrees centigrade or more, the factory wasn’t on A/C, nor did they provide water for the poor workers, nor did they let them go to toilet.
2. Some workers peed or pood themselves, because their teamleaders shouted at them that if they don’t stay on the production line, they will get fired.
3. Dress code must have been adhered to, even when the temperature went past the legal limit.
4. After I posted an article about this issue, the employer, Samsung Display started to threaten its employees. They said that if they catch someone speaking to media, they will be fired effective immediately.
5. Many comments (400+) + emails suggest that this is an ongoing issue and has been for many years.
6. One email in particular is sickening. One man in his 50s was working for Samsung Display, he resigned that they but had to finish that particular shift. Because he was so exhausted, he went into cardiac arrest and eventually died. They didn’t even call an ambulance, instead, they put im into the box, covered him and waited for the shift to finish. When local TVs turned up, they said that they can’t let them in, because they manufacturing secret could be uncovered. WHAT?
7. The toilet issue is really bothering women. If they have peroid, they should be allowed to go to toilet more often than twice a day. In some cases, they are marked like jews during the second world war, but this time because they have peroid, so the teamleader know they can go to toilet more oftne. This highly personal thing is then revealed to everybody. I still cannot understand how this can be going on.
8. PHYSICAL punishment isn’t anything new. Korean bosses are known to walk around with a stick a whipping their workers if they don’t do it properly. Even worse than that, verbal abuse is what makes this work unbearable. Swear words, threats like “I will kill you” are heard on regular basis.

To be honest, these allegations seem a bit far-fetched, but considering all companies care about are profits and sales, these allegations might just be true. It’s odd that the story hasn’t been picked up more widely, which we hope is because the story has been manufactured and has little truth to back it up.

What do you guys think? Have any of our Slovakian readers heard ramblings of workers being treated like this in Samsung’s factories?

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17 comments on “Workers at Samsung Display in Slovakia treated horribly?

  1. Formhault 12 months ago said:

    Samsung Display = part of Samsung. Samsung = good company. RIGHT? Then, how the hell could this have happened? It’s either an Apple fanboy’s attempt to give Samsung a bad reputation, either true, in which case, it’s horrible.

    If Samsung allows factories like this one in Slovakia to be run by such “people” who treat employees like animals… Maybe that’s why AMOLED panels suck so bad and have burn ins even after one month :) and Samsung deserves to be mocked and go down.

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    • zenaldo 12 months ago said:

      Samsung = Good company
      You’re fucking kidding me, right?
      There is no Good Company at all.
      There is just Good Profit Margin.

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    • Crepauai 12 months ago said:

      This could be very true.
      Here in Romania, Bistrita, we have Leoni Wiring Systems factory, a pretty big company producing entire electrical wiring for Mercedes and BMW.
      Absolutely the same things happen in this factory too. I used to work there about 2 weeks ago but i resigned. They did not accept my resign, but i did not go to work 3 days and they interrupted the contract themselves. Problem solved.
      It is unbelievable what treatment the people on the production lines are getting, and people get a maximum of 200 Euros payment per month. Barely. This world is outrageous…

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    • Crepauai 12 months ago said:

      This could be very true.
      Here in Romania, Bistrita, we have Leoni Wiring Systems factory, a pretty big company producing entire electrical wiring for Mercedes and BMW.
      Absolutely the same things happen in this factory too. I used to work there about 2 weeks ago but i resigned. They did not accept my resign, but i did not go to work 3 days and they interrupted the contract themselves. Problem solved.
      It is unbelievable what treatment the people on the production lines are getting, and people get a maximum of 200 Euros payment per month. Barely. This world is outrageous…

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  2. LBJay 12 months ago said:

    So if I was sent an email saying that Sammobile writers, in a daily drunken rage, beat their spouses and childern, you would print it?

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  3. pipoo 12 months ago said:

    Would be interesting to see the original source.

    Samsung Slovakia plant in Galanta exist from 6/2002. Has many employees but hires some agency staff as well.

    These days I personally don’t believe there is nothing I can google or youtube about these allegations.

    I know slovaks can bear a lot but definitely we would hear about this, trust me :-)

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  4. umeshrajput2305 12 months ago said:

    If this case is true
    F*** off Samsung display management.
    Whats the Government doing? Sleeping?
    They should directly appoint a human rights association do a thorough investigation & if Samsung is found guilty then should punish
    Samsung displays down till their roots. So that they never earn a huge profit on the cost of poor workers lives.

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  5. umeshrajput2305 12 months ago said:

    The government should learn a lesson from this and conduct monthly checks in such big brand companies.

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  6. Umbral666 12 months ago said:

    The government is puppet of big corporations.

    You should start boycotting Samsung on all sites, including this one !

    Your mothers, fathers and children work in those factories !

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    • Cooler21 12 months ago said:

      I live in Slovakia. I know nothing about working conditions at Samsung production plants in Slovakia. But I have information about very similar bad working conditions at some production plants of Asia-based corporations in Slovakia.
      And I agree with first sentence (The government is puppet of big corporations.) For instance, Samsung Display in 2012 have got financial support from slovak government in the amount of all expenses for all their slovak based employees for next 3 years!!! (Samsung have asked for that under threat of leaving Slovakia.) And no local company has any chance of such big support from our government.

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  7. xhustler 12 months ago said:

    As the old saying goes, ‘There is no smoke without fire’.

    From my African experience, the management teams hired by multinational companies often mistreat local workers and give ‘cooked up’ reports to the foreign management.

    Am not claiming Samsung Display is/isn’t at fault. This should be investigated thoroughly ASAP, by Samsung internally and human rights groups as well.

    Honestly, 2013 and someone has the audacity to treat a fellow human being in the demeaning ways described above. SHAME UPON the human race.

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  8. vavrorvav 12 months ago said:

    THIS IS FUCKING BULLSHIT, I work there! You can go and fill your cup of water and empty bladder anytime you want :D where does this report come from? :D

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