Dec 17, 2019

Samsung chairman Lee Sang-hoon jailed for union sabotage

A South Korean court has sentenced Samsung Electronics board chairman Lee Sang-hoon to 18 months in prison for sabotaging labour union activities. Prosecutors said Samsung executives had used several tactics to target union activities, including closing sub-contracted firms with active unions. Seoul Central District Court said plans to stop union activities had been masterminded by executives in the firm's now-defunct elite strategy group. The case on Tuesday focused largely on efforts by officials to undermine union activities at the customer service unit when Lee was serving as chief financial officer. The jury said there were "Countless documents" detailing tactics to undermine union activities that were distributed to affiliates by the elite unit.

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