Smartphone brands under pressure as Chinese market matures

Competition in the Chinese smartphone market – the worlds largest – increases amid signs of maturity and declining shipments. China alone accounts for around 30% of global smartphone sales, but for the first time the market shrank in 2017. A trend which is expected to…

Top Samsung Group executives offer to resign

ITUC: Korean President Moon called on to stop Samsung Vietnam abuse

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has put threats against factory workers and labour activists in Samsung’s Vietnamese factories on top of the agenda for the South Korean President Moon Jae-in during his visit to the country. In a letter to the President, Sharan Burrow,…

Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong indicted on bribery charges

Samsung is still at the top of the smartphone market in 2017

The worldwide shipments in the smartphone market shows a decline of 6.3% in the fourth quarter of 2017. Overall Samsung remained at the top of the worldwide smartphone market in 2017. Only in the fourth quarter Apple past Samsung largely because of iPhone 8, 8…

ITUC: Hypocrisy exposed, Samsung boss walks free while union leaders denied justice

Trade unions around the world demand the immediate release of Han Sang-gyun from prison, the president of Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), as well as the withdrawal of the charges against Lee Young-joo, the former General Secretary of KCTU. While justice is denied for trade union leaders, this week…

Samsung rejects calls to restructure

Samsung faces lawsuit for misleading advertising regarding human rights violations

Samsung faces a lawsuit in the French courts for misleading advertising related to alleged workers’ rights violations. Two french non-governmental (NGO) firms – Sherpa and ActionAid France filed a lawsuit last week targeting Samsung Global and its French subsidiary. The organisations claim to have gathered evidence,…

Samsung smartphones linked to ‘Sweatshop’ conditions

A study conducted by the environmental NGO IPEN and Vietnam-based Center for Gender, Family and Environment in Development (CGFED), reveals the poor working conditions in Samsung’s Vietnamese smartphone production sites. The study focuses on interviews with 45 workers at two factories in Vietnam, the majority of whom are women. Their testimony…

Samsung rejects reports of labour abuse in Vietnamese smartphone factories

A report released by CGFED and IPEN in November 2017 accuses Samsung of ‘serious’ labour abuses in its Vietnamese smartphone factories. Despite the evidence, Samsung disputes claims of wrongdoing and said the report is different from the facts, while also threatening legal action against CGFED for this…