Small win in fight against Samsung

This week, the Korea Workers Compensation and Welfare Service (KCOMWEL) handed down an historic decision when it accepted that two workers had died from a pulmonary condition due occupational exposure. The KCOMWEL agreed that payments should be provided to the families of Lee Gyeong-hui and Song Yu-gyeong, for their death from exposure to chemicals in their employment as semiconductor workers. This finding comes on the back of the recent ruling by South Korea’s Supreme Court that rejected a claim by three workers for compensation on a legal technicality. This ruling is not surprising given the South Korean government’s continued collusion with Samsung.