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So. Korea: Recently formed "pan-Samsung union" challenges "no union policy", company says it is committed to complying with regulations

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18 July 2011

Samsung Everland fires union leader for leaking corporate information [So. Korea]

Author: Yonhap News [So. Korea]

Samsung Everland…said Monday that it has fired a worker for leaking sensitive corporate information less than a week after employees set up a trade union. The company, which is an affiliate of Samsung Group…said Cho Jang-hee, the vice chairman of the union, has been dismissed for wrongful conduct…Cho is one of four workers of the amusement park arm of Samsung Group who played a leading role in establishing the union. Workers applied for the trade union last Wednesday with the country's labor ministry, the first such move within the business group in more than three decades. Samsung has adhered to a "no labor union policy" as part of its business culture and actively discourages workers from taking such steps… Cho said he will contest his dismissal and asked for a review of the decision. The conglomerate added that another union activist is being checked for possible wrongdoings.

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13 July 2011

Samsung: labour challenge [So. Korea]

Author: Song Jung-a, Financial Times [blog]

Four employees at theme park operator Samsung Everland, the group’s de facto holding company, have formed the first pan-Samsung union, challenging the group’s policy of not allowing labour unions...Samsung is now the world’s largest technology company by sales...But labour advocates have complained about the company’s policy of not allowing labour unions’ activities, saying that the policy goes against global standards...Samsung said in a statement that its priority “has always been and will continue to be meeting our employees’ needs and expectations and providing the best working environment for them. With regard to the new labour policy, Samsung is committed to complying with all relevant regulations.” [also refers to Hyundai Group]

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