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Auto parts company investigated on allegations of having workers roughed up [South Korea]

Author: Um Ji-won & Heo Jae-hyun, Hankyoreh [South Korea], Published on: 31 July 2012

Car parts manufacturer SJM is alleged by workers to have ordered personnel from the private security firm Contactus to violently break-up a sit-down strike at its factory...Police are investigating SJM on charges of ordering violence by privately contracted security workers...Contactus...said, “The individual security guards have no right whatsoever to use force...Everything is controlled by the contracting company.”...“[M]ost operations take place on the unilateral order of the contracting company.”...SJM’s unionists released a photo of a...SJM executive commanding the sneak assault by security guards at the rear gate of the factory...[T]he executive...refuted the claims, saying, “As a manager, of course I was at the scene, but I did not incite any violence.” [refers to Sangsin Brake, Valeo Electrical Systems Korea, 3M Korea]. [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited SJM to respond, but SJM declined to do so].

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Related companies: 3M SJM Valeo