NGO Commentary: Korean govt's response to UNWG visit fails to acknowledge poor labour conditions and negative health impacts of companies

Author: Correspondence NGO group of the UN Working Group’s visit to Korea, Korean House for International Solidarity (Republic of Korea), Published on: 11 August 2017

"Comment: The government’s response to UN Working Group’s Korea visit report does not reflect the Korean reality", 11 June 2017

On 8 June 2017, the Korean government submitted its official response to the “Report of the Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporation and other business enterprises on its visit to the Republic of Korea”… However, [the response] utterly fail[s] to portray the Korean reality… Subcontractor workers’ union are continuing to deteriorate… Compensation claims being are continuously being filed for simple refusal to labor services and for lawful industrial action… The response has no mention of the important issues of the report, such as…methanol poisoning in supply chains … industrial accidents… environmental damages… child labor. 

[refers to: Yoosung Enterprise Co., Hyundai Motor Company, Asahi Glass Fine Techno Korea , GTS Korea, Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation, Samsung, Lotte Co., LG Electronics, SK Corporation, Hyundai Heavy Industry, Hyundai Steel, Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation, Busan Transportation Corporation, Posco, Daewoo International, Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation]

Full original NGO statement available in Korean here.

Unofficial summary translation by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre available as attachment.

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Related companies: Asahi Glass Fine Techno Korea Busan Transportation Corporation Daewoo International (part of Posco) GTS Korea Hyundai Heavy Industries Hyundai Motor (part of Hyundai Kia Motor) Hyundai Steel Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation LG Electronics (part of LG Corp.) Lotte Co. Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation Posco Samsung Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation SK Corporation Yoosung Enterprise Co.