Samsung’s anti union policies claims another victim

As reported previously, Samsung has a terrible OHS record, and has historically been one of the most anti union companies in South Korea. Last week, Ho-seok YEOM, the chair of the local Samsung Electronics Service union committed suicide due to the unrelenting pressure that the company put him under. Yeom’s chapter of the Korean Metal Workers Union was the first mass membership union in Samsung that had survived from its launch of last year. Mr Yeon left a suicide note urging his fellow union members to continue the fight till victory. At the hospital where his body was lying in wake, workers were attacked by police and 25 union members arrested. They are now taking industrial action.