ON TUESDAY, LEE SANG-HOON, SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CHAIRMAN, WAS SENTENCED TO 1-1/2 YEARS IN PRISON FOR UNDERMINING LEGITIMATE UNION ACTIVITIES, A SOUTH KOREAN COURT SAID ON TUESDAY. Lee and about 25 other defendants were accused by subcontractors of Samsung Electronics Services Ltd., Samsung Electronics Services Inc., of undermining union activities.
Seoul’s Central District Court ruled that when trade unions were launched by Samsung Electronics Services Ltd. in 2013, Samsung Group’s now-defunct Elite Strategic Office developed and adopted a series of strategies to block the union’s operations.
Samsung executives and employees, to varying degrees, have been involved in gathering sensitive information about union members to persuade them to leave the union, including shutting down the union’s active subcontractors and delaying negotiations between employers and employees.
Samsung Electronics declined to comment.