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December 19, 2018

Samsung exec arrested for ‘labor union sabotage’

PUBLISHED : May 15, 2018 - 09:40

UPDATED : May 15, 2018 - 09:40

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[THE INVESTOR] A senior official of Samsung Electronics’ after-services unit was arrested on May 15 over a suspected leading role in sabotaging its labor union, prosecutors said.

Choi Pyeong-seok, the executive of Samsung Electronics Service in charge of the human resources division, was taken into custody after the Seoul Central District Court issued a warrant for his arrest on the charge of violating laws regarding labor union and labor relations. 

The court mainly cited the risk of him destroying evidence.

The court refused to grant the arrest warrants for three other officials from the same company, saying enough evidence has been collected and that they are a low flight risk. Prosecutors requested the warrants last week.

Choi is suspected of spearheading an organized scheme to disrupt labor union activities among workers. He allegedly instructed his firm’s subcontractors to hamper the establishment of the labor union and its activities, and to regularly report to him about the progress.

He is also suspected of carrying out an internal inspection of employees who engaged in union activities and even providing cash or other valuables to workers as an incentive for them to cut ties with the labor union.

By Song Seung-hyun and newswires (ssh@heraldcorp.com)

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