Samsung – Good corporate citizen? McGuinty thinks so

Recently we posted stories about Samsung’s other questionable dealings such as a slush fund to bribe government officials and tax evasion convictions. Is this the type of company we should be giving 7 billion dollars of our tax money to?

“Samsung denies all responsibility, and the Korean government has taken its side by denying compensation and even arresting and detaining the victims’ lawyer!”

Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational Accident Victims

Petition Calling on Samsung to Accept Responsibility for Occupational Deaths and to Provide Safe and Decent Working Conditions

The families and friends of electronics manufacturing workers at Samsung in Korea have discovered a cancer cluster among young workers exposed to toxic chemicals.   The pattern of cancer deaths bears a striking resemblance to the pattern of cancer deaths among IBM “chip” workers in the US* and to other electronics cancer clusters around the world.   March 6th is the third anniversary of the death of Yu-mi Hwang, a Samsung semiconductor factory worker, who died from leukemia at age 22.  Her death – and similar coworker deaths – has motivated people to demand that Samsung:
 
 
Addressed to:
Myung-bak Lee, the President of Korean Government
Gee-sung Choi, CEO of Samsung electronics
Tae-hee Yim, the Minister of Labor
Won-bae Kim, the President of COMWEL, the Korea Workers’ Compensation & Welfare Service
Min-ki Noh, CEO of KOSHA, the Korea Occupational Safety & Health Agency

Sponsored by:  Supporters for the Health And Rights of People in the Semiconductor industry (SHARPs), Korean Metal Workers’ Union (KMWU), Asian Network for the Rights Of Occupational Accident Victims (ANROAV) and International Campaign for Responsible Technology (ICRT)

The families and friends of electronics manufacturing workers at Samsung in Korea have discovered a cancer cluster among young workers exposed to toxic chemicals.   The pattern of cancer deaths bears a striking resemblance to the pattern of cancer deaths among IBM “chip” workers in the US* and to other electronics cancer clusters around the world.   March 6th is the third anniversary of the death of Yu-mi Hwang, a Samsung semiconductor factory worker, who died from leukemia at age 22.  Her death – and similar coworker deaths – has motivated people to demand that Samsung:

1) accept responsibility for the hazards of semiconductor manufacturing,
2) compensate those harmed; and
3) prevent future suffering and mistreatment of workers by making Samsung a toxics-free model workplace where workers are treated with dignity and respect.

Samsung denies all responsibility, and the Korean government has taken its side by denying compensation and even arresting and detaining the victims’ lawyer!  Yu-mi’s family, co-workers, friends and other concerned people have formed SHARPs (Supporters for the Health And Rights of People in the Semiconductor industry) to demand justice.

SHARPS is now asking concerned people around the world to join their campaign for international solidarity to raise awareness about occupational disease  in the electronics industry and bring accountability to Samsung (and the rest of the electronics industry).  In particular SHARPS is asking people to tell Samsung that people around the world endorse these just demands:

The Korean government must determine that Samsung is responsible for causing the worker’s illnesses and fair compensation must be paid when workers get sick or are injured on the job
The Korean government must protect the workers and give voice to the victims and their families who have suffered and bring accountability to Samsung
Samsung Electronics must disclose to the workers and the public the truth about the  hazards of working in the semiconductor industry
Samsung Electronics must stop suppressing workers in their struggles for a safe and fair workplace.

3 thoughts on “Samsung – Good corporate citizen? McGuinty thinks so

  1. Hey Dalton …..Has your Ontario Liberal Government ever heard of the term “Due Diligence ?”

  2. The Liberal’s don’t care about us so why would they care about similar people in another country? Liberal’s are not about representing the ideals of the caring people of Ontario but the ideals of big money in their pockets. They working fast to figure which scheme will get the most money out of our pockets.

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