On Friday, November 23, the head of the concern Ki Nam Kim on South Korean television expressed regret at the insufficient measures of the concern to protect against “potential health risks in the production of chips and liquid crystal displays.”
“We sincerely apologize to those who suffered from diseases, as well as their families,” he said. In addition, the concern agreed to pay compensation to former and current employees who became ill as a result of contact with harmful chemicals in the workplace. In the next ten years, they will be paid compensation to 150 million won (in terms of about 116 thousand euros).
The conflict has been going on for more than 10 years
The conflict between management and employees began after the death of 23-year-old employee from leukemia in 2007. Her father refused to sign an agreement with the concern and found like-minded people among Samsung employees and their relatives, organizing a movement fighting for the recognition of the concern’s responsibility for the health of workers in hazardous production.
The human rights group “defenders of the health and rights of workers in the industry of semiconductors” (SHARPS) documented 320 cases of serious illnesses among the employees of the factories Samsung and 118 of these people died.
In May 2014, Samsung’s management has already apologized for cancer patients to employees and their families, while stressing that they do not see the connection of these cases with the activities of the concern.