Samsung offers apology for sick workers as part of settlement

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The president of Samsung’s device solutions division, Kinam Kim, stated that the company “failed to sufficiently manage health threats.”

Samsung has offered up an apology toward workers who have become sick or even died after working for the company. The company stated that it failed to foster a safe working environment for workers. 

Issued as a part of a settlement, the company made the apology public on Friday.  The highly-publicized disagreement lasted for over a decade, as accepted terms for compensation were suggested by a mediator for the disagreement. Some workers for the semi-conductor and LCD display manufacturing lines experienced sicknesses including leukemia and tumors.

In response, the president of Samsung’s device solutions division, Kinam Kim, stated that the company “failed to sufficiently manage health threats.”  Speaking at a conference in Seoul in front activists and families of workers affected, Kim said this: 

“We offer our sincere apology to our workers who have suffered with illnesses and their families.”

The issue began in 2007 when a 23-year-old woman died from leukemia after working in one of the plants. Her father, Hwang Sang-gi, refused a settlement from the Korean tech company, setting all this in motion. He was also in attendance during the news conference. He had this to say following the apology:

“No apology would be enough when considering the deception and humiliation we experienced (from Samsung) over the past 11 years, the pain of suffering from occupational diseases, the pain of losing loved ones. But I take today’s apology as a promise from Samsung Electronics, to improve the safety of its workplaces.”

Samsung will also compensate workers from 1984 on for medical expenses paid, as a part of the compensation agreement. The compensation will go toward those who suffered from leukemia. It will also cover congenital defects and cancer for workers’ offspring, along with miscarriages that transpired. The company will also look at bolstering work conditions at its respective manufacturing plants.

What are your thoughts about the settlement? Is it enough, or is it too little too late for the Korean company? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+Twitter, or Facebook. 

  Source: Canoe

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