Samsung union defiantThe labor union of Korea’s top conglomerate Samsung Group marked its first anniversary yesterday, vowing to “persistently fight” against management’s refusal to accept its legitimacy.
Samsung has disallowed any labor union under a so-called “no-union management policy” since its founding. However, after a new labor law allowing workers to form multiple trade unions in a single workplace took effect last July, workers submitted an application to form the first worker-led union and it was formally recognized by the Ministry of Employment and Labor.
Despite the launch of the union, management has taken disciplinary measures against union leaders, including dismissing Cho Jang-hee, its vice chairman. Samsung has also ignored the union’s repeated calls to engage in collective bargaining, the union claimed.
“Samsung’s no-union management policy is harmful and anti-labor,” the union said in a statement read during a news conference in Seoul. Yonhap
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