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Samsung chairman jailed for union sabotage

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 12:17 PM, 18 December 2019  

Samsung Electronics board chairman Lee Sang-hoon jailed for 18 months over sabotaging labour union activities; Photo: Collected

Samsung Electronics board chairman Lee Sang-hoon jailed for 18 months over sabotaging labour union activities; Photo: Collected

The South Korean court has sentenced Samsung Electronics board chairman Lee Sang-hoon to 18 months in prison over sabotaging labour union activities. 

Lee and the other 25 defendants were convicted of violating labour union-related laws. 

Samsung executives have used several tactics to target union activities, including closing sub-contracted firms with active unions, according to prosecutors while Samsung has not yet commented on the ruling. 

The case on Tuesday focused largely on efforts by officials to undermine union activities at the customer service unit when Lee was serving as a chief financial officer.

Other tactics used by the defendants to target unions included finding out sensitive information about union members to convince them to leave, and delaying negotiations between labour unions and management, prosecutors said.

The jury said there were “countless documents” detailing tactics to undermine union activities that were distributed to affiliates by the elite unit. 

The extent and details of the charges against the defendants found guilty on Tuesday varied.

The verdict followed a ruling last week that saw Samsung Electronics Vice-President Kang Kyung-hoon sentenced to 16 months in prison on charges of union-busting. 

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