A South Korean government agency has said that working at a Samsung Electronics factory caused the breast cancer of a rocker who died earlier this year, only the second time it has recognized a link between cancer and the giant Korean company’s chip plants. The Korea Workers’ Compensation and Welfare Service, which is part of the labor ministry, ruled earlier April 2012 that there was a “considerable causal relationship” between the woman’s cancer and her five years of work at a semiconductor plant near Seoul.
The ruling didn’t become public until few days later when the agency announced compensation for the woman’s family. Samsung spokesman James Chunk said it will not appeal against the governments decision. The company is the world’s largest maker of computer memory chips. There have been very few cases in South Korea in which a link between working conditions and cancer has been convincingly demonstrated. Nearly 30 South Koreans have filed claims with the agency that working at Samsung caused rare forms of disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis and brain tumors.
Another dozen people whose claims were rejected by the agency have filed court appeals. The woman, whose last name is Kim, died in March, aged 36, three years after being diagnosed with breast cancer. MS Kim worked for Samsung from 1 995 to 2000. Her first name was not released at her families request. The agency didn’t say how much compensation was paid, but spokesman Gang Bung-so said it usually amounts to nearly four years of a worker’s salary. Many employees worked at a plant without a radiation detector and was exposed to benzene and other carcinogens, according to the activist group.
And those are expecting the latest decision will have a positive impact on Samsung employees who are hoping to prove a link between their diseases and working conditions at Samsung Electronics. There have been three recent cases in which authorities recognized that irking conditions at Samsung had contributed to diseases. One of the employee had applied for the Workers’ Compensation to the Government, which is one of the social insurance benefits of Korea. However, the Korean Government refused to compensate her based on grounds that she could not prove which toxic chemicals she had been exposed to.
What’s worse, the Korean government acted in complicity with Samsung and joined its efforts to silence the growing evidence of a cancer cluster among electronics manufacturing workers at Samsung who have been exposed to toxic chemicals. Samsung Electronics may be the successful and famous electronic company n the world, however, the company failed to solve their employees’ worker’s compensation cases and the cases became an ethical issues against moral aspects.
The company tried to hide and make the issue quiet before the real problem rose on the surface of the water. Now that the company tries to negotiate with employees and their family members, because the company didn’t solve it in timely manner many people blames the company for their ethical issues. Word: Complicity: (noun) : the state of being involved with others in an illegal activity or wrongdoing. Sentence: There is evidence of complicity of the state authorities in Boston Massacre.