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Samsung Working Conditions Under Legal Radar

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by Ravi Mandalia
, 27 Jun 2011News

Samsung may see a rise in legal cases as the court orders state welfare authorities to compensate the families of company’s employees who died of Leukaemia.

According to a report by Xinhua News the administrative court of Seoul on Thursday ordered the state welfare agencies to pay compensation to the families of two former employees of country’s leading electronic manufacturer Samsung.

The ruling has put the spotlight on the prevailing conditions in the factory of the company where semi conductors are dealt with.

The judge in his ruling has not revealed any exact reason, but has acknowledged that factory’s conditions have something to do with the deaths. It is believed that both the employees were constantly exposed to harmful radiations and toxic chemicals, causing Leukaemia.

"It is the victory for Banollim, victims and their families -- we have not backed down in the face of all attempts by Samsung to stop us. We hail the partial victory, but we can't stop here." stated Banollim in a statement after the ruling.

Banollim is a group that took up the task to advocate for the rights of workers in Samsung’s semi conductor factory. Banoliim has received a total of 46 cases of deaths and chronic illnesses among current and former workers of the factory.

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