When employers violate labor laws in the US, they get a slap on the wrist at most.
In South Korea, however, they go to prison – even if they are top executives in the country’s largest company.
“Lee Sang-hoon, the chairman of Samsung Electronics, has been found guilty of violating South Korea’s labor union laws and sentenced to 18 months in prison, the Financial Times reports. Prosecutors said that Lee, along with around 24 other current and former Samsung officials, used a variety of tactics to discourage union activity, including threatening to cut wages and withdrawing business to union-friendly subcontractors . . .
Samsung’s anti-union stance means that few [unions] have historically existed within its business.”
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