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APNEC-10November 2011     Against Gigantic Capital;     the Experience of Occupational Diseases and     Struggle for Digni...
Contents   Background       Production of Electronics in aspects of OHS       Electronics Industry in Korea       Sams...
Background
Production of Electronics in aspects of OHS                                                                              w...
Production of Electronics in aspects of OHS   Chemical-intensive production with rapid change       Limitation of Scienc...
Electronics Industry in Korea   7,691 companies(2009) and 494,666 fulltime    workers(2007) in IT Device industry        ...
Samsung Electronics   The Samsung Group       the richest conglomerate of South Korea,       Net sales = 172.5 billion$...
Occupational Diseases in Samsung
The First Voice & Resonance
“The Girl of Semiconductor”
What the Victims Witness   Leukemia in two female in Diffusion process
What the Victims Witness   Team of Four Engineers in Diffusion process       Leukemia       Malignant melanoma       G...
What the Victims Witness
What the Victims Witness                                     Samsung Electronics                     Total                ...
Responses of Samsung & Govn.
Distorted Truth, and Deceived Dignity   NHL(Non-Hodgkin‟s lymphoma)       Female*        SMR 2.06, SPR 2.67       Femal...
Distorted Truth, and Deceived Dignity KOSHA said “Risk of Leukemia was not statistically  significantly elevated in semic...
Building Wide Network of Solidarity   Victims & OHS NGOs, Labor unions, and    progressive parties   Professionals in Pu...
Historical Victory &Remained Problems
Historical Victory   The 1st Legal Recognition of Occup. Dz in Semiconductor         Jun 2007, Hwang Yumi, demand       ...
Remained Problems   Jul 2011, KCOMWEL appealed to the High Court against    Two workers   18 out of 21 workers demanding...
Remained Problems   Renewal of OHS legislative system       Burden of proof, Benefit of doubt       Precautionary princ...
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Against Gigantic Capital; the Experience of Occupational Diseases and Struggle for Dignity of Samsung Electronic Workers in Korea

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  1. 1. APNEC-10November 2011 Against Gigantic Capital; the Experience of Occupational Diseases and Struggle for Dignity of Samsung Electronic Workers in Korea Jeong-Ok Kong  Korea Institute of Labor Safety and Health(KILSH)  Supporters for Health And Rights of People in Semiconductor Industry(SHARPs)
  2. 2. Contents Background  Production of Electronics in aspects of OHS  Electronics Industry in Korea  Samsung Electronics Occupational Diseases in Samsung  The First Voice & Resonance  “The Girl of Semiconductor”  What the Victims Witness Responses of Samsung & Govn.  Distorted Truth, and Deceived Dignity  Building Wide Network of Solidarity Historical Victory & Remained Problems
  3. 3. Background
  4. 4. Production of Electronics in aspects of OHS www.sony.net http://www.ventureoutsource.com/files/u1/Electronics-Supply-Chain-lr.gif
  5. 5. Production of Electronics in aspects of OHS Chemical-intensive production with rapid change  Limitation of Science High flexibility with predominance of female + Historical anti-union policy + Culture of patriarchy  Limitation of Workers‟ empowerment Global supply chain with mass production in the developing countries  Limitation of Society
  6. 6. Electronics Industry in Korea 7,691 companies(2009) and 494,666 fulltime workers(2007) in IT Device industry Communication Device 120,299 Information Device 40,590 Broadcasting Device 42,155 Components 291,622 IT Device Total 494,666 http://www.itstat.go.kr http://www.index.go.kr Global Market Share  13.5% in semiconductor (3rd), 59.0% in DRAM (1st)  45.6% in Display (1st)
  7. 7. Samsung Electronics The Samsung Group  the richest conglomerate of South Korea,  Net sales = 172.5 billion$, Net income =13.8 billion$ (2010)  Employees = 275,000 Electronics is the major business of Samsung  Employees in Korea = 173,965  Global network at 193 sites including 39 production sites  16.1% of total exports of Korea  the 1st or 2nd in the global market of semiconductor, flat panel TVs, and mobile phone
  8. 8. Occupational Diseases in Samsung
  9. 9. The First Voice & Resonance
  10. 10. “The Girl of Semiconductor”
  11. 11. What the Victims Witness Leukemia in two female in Diffusion process
  12. 12. What the Victims Witness Team of Four Engineers in Diffusion process  Leukemia  Malignant melanoma  Granulomatosis Operators in Burn-in Test process  Aplastic anemia  Brain cancer  Leukemia
  13. 13. What the Victims Witness
  14. 14. What the Victims Witness Samsung Electronics Total Semiconductor LCD Mobile etc. Subtotal phoneNo.of Victims Total 79 16 3 9 107 149 Cancer 63 10 2 6 81 114 Total 27 7 2 5 41 59No.of Deaths Cancer 23 6 1 5 35 53
  15. 15. Responses of Samsung & Govn.
  16. 16. Distorted Truth, and Deceived Dignity NHL(Non-Hodgkin‟s lymphoma)  Female* SMR 2.06, SPR 2.67  Female(FAB)* SMR 2.66, SPR 5.16  Male SMR 0.62, SPR 0.77 Leukemia  Female SMR 1.48, SPR 1.31  Male SMR 0.36, SPR 0.87 „Red signal‟ about brain cancer.  SMR of all causes Male 0.53, Female 0.66  SPR of all cancers Male 0.86, Female 0.97  SPR of brain cancers Male 1.36, Female 1.28
  17. 17. Distorted Truth, and Deceived Dignity KOSHA said “Risk of Leukemia was not statistically significantly elevated in semiconductor workers”. “Scientific study revealed that there is no relationship between leukemia and Samsung semiconductor” (Apr.2010, Samsung)
  18. 18. Building Wide Network of Solidarity Victims & OHS NGOs, Labor unions, and progressive parties Professionals in Public health, OEM, and Lawyers Voluntary activities in many local cities Progressive church people Artists Politicians International network
  19. 19. Historical Victory &Remained Problems
  20. 20. Historical Victory The 1st Legal Recognition of Occup. Dz in Semiconductor  Jun 2007, Hwang Yumi, demand workers„ compensation(KCOMWEL)  Apr 2008, +Five other leukemia workers  May 2009, KCOMWELs Decision not to compensate  Jan 2010, Lawsuit  Jun 2011, Court Decision"Despite the fact that the case of deceased Hwang Yumi and Lee Suk Young didnt reveal a clear medical etiology on the onset of leukemia, the continual exposure to the chemical hazard is assumed to have brought the onset of the disease, or at least, promoted it…”
  21. 21. Remained Problems Jul 2011, KCOMWEL appealed to the High Court against Two workers 18 out of 21 workers demanding compensation were refused, 3 are waiting the decisions “Reference of Defendant” = Samsung The Right and Dignity of Occup. Victims?
  22. 22. Remained Problems Renewal of OHS legislative system  Burden of proof, Benefit of doubt  Precautionary principle  The right to know & Trade secret Distorted Science  No evidence of association ≠ evidence of No association Internalization of cost & Corporate responsibility Substantial solidarity in the Int‟l network, mainly in Asia
  23. 23. Thank You!

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