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Samsung’s largest union launches first strike

The Samsung Electronics Union, Samsung’s largest workers’ organization, announced plans to hold a strike next week as part of a fight for fair compensation. Members have threatened to miss a day of work on June 7 in the hope that the company will listen to their demands after salary negotiations stalled over the past few months. If you can survive it BNN Bloomberg Samsung said this would be the first strike by its employees since the company was founded. as Reuters Samsung has reportedly agreed to a 5.1% wage increase this year, but the union is also negotiating to increase workers’ annual leave by one day and make performance bonuses more transparent.

“What we want is not a 1-2 percent salary increase. What we want is fair pay based on the amount of work done,” the union leader said in front of Samsung’s offices in Seoul. “We want our labor to be fairly and transparently compensated.”

Samsung Electronics’ national union has 28,000 members, accounting for more than one-fifth of the company’s workforce. Union leaders don’t expect the strike to have a major impact on Samsung’s production because much of its manufacturing processes are automated anyway, but they still hope it will force the company to take them seriously. Unions certainly now have greater bargaining power – obviously, their membership increased four times This comes after the company pledged to halt its union-busting program over the past few years.

Samsung was once notorious for its crackdown on organized labor. In 2018, Chairman Li Xiangxun accused of sabotage Undermining legitimate labor activity by threatening to lower wages for unionized employees, deliberately delaying negotiations between management and workers, and digging up dirt on key union personnel to persuade them to cease activities. plum Resign as chairman Served as a board member in 2020, the same year that Samsung Executive Chairman Jay Y. Lee End of commitment The company’s union-busting practices.

However, the union said “the attitude of management has not changed” despite Lee’s pledge to eliminate non-union management. “We can no longer tolerate the company’s lack of willingness to negotiate,” it added. The union plans more strikes in the future if the company refuses to engage in meaningful negotiations. A Samsung spokesperson said BNN BloombergHowever, “the company remains committed to negotiating in good faith with the union and is making every good faith effort to reach an agreement.”

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