Samsung Electronics apologized Friday to workers who developed cancer after working at its semiconductor factories, ending a decade-long dispute at the world’s top chipmaker. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022
“We sincerely apologize to the workers who suffered from illness and their families,” said Samsung co-president Kim Ki-nam. Also Read - Galaxy S21 FE to support 25W charging but will Samsung put it in the box?
“We have failed to properly manage health risks at our semiconductor and LCD factories.” Campaign groups say that 320 people have suffered from work-related illnesses after being employed by Samsung, with 118 of them dying. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M32 launch in India next week: Top specs, price around Rs 15,000, more
Under a deal announced earlier this month, the firm will pay compensation of up to 150 million won (USD 133,000) per case.
It covers 16 types of cancer, some other rare illnesses, miscarriages and congenital diseases suffered by the workers’ children.
The scandal emerged in 2007 when former workers at its semiconductor and display factories in Suwon, south of Seoul, and their families said that staff had been diagnosed or died of various forms of cancer.
A series of rulings and decisions by courts, Seoul’s state labor welfare agency and a mediation committee followed over more than 10 years, culminating in Friday’s announcement.
Relatives’ leader Hwang Sang-gi, whose 22-year-old son died of leukaemia, said Friday: “The apology honestly was not enough for the families of the victims but we will accept it.” (AFP) MRJ MRJ
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