The so-called "Samsung Semiconductor leukemia" dispute, sparked by the death of Hwang Yoo-mi, a female worker at the company's Giheung plant in March 2007, has virtually ended.
Although there has been controversy for more than 10 years over whether to regard leukemia and other diseases as occupational diseases related to semiconductor and LCD manufacture, the mediation committee for the dispute between Samsung Electronics Co. and its former employees suffering from work-related illnesses reached an agreement on the arbitration.
Samsung and its victims began to fight in March 2008 when a civic group "Banolim" (protecting the health and human rights of semiconductor workers) was launched.
Later, a team led by Prof. Baek Do-myung of the Graduate School of Public Health, the Seoul National University and Korea Occupational Safety & Health Agency continued the investigation, while Samsung Electronics proposed a dialogue with Banolim in 2012.
The contentious issue has been unsettled for over 10 years, but Samsung Electronics announced its stance on accepting conditions and Banolim agreed, reaching a decision to hold a final agreement within this month.
Regarding the dramatic settlement, Samsung said it is meaningful as it reflects efforts to resolve the long-standing social dispute in succession.
It is believed that Samsung Electronics is trying to highlight its social responsibility by putting an end to the controversy over semiconductor leukemia after eliminating circular investment links between group affiliates along with ensuring the direct recruitment of employees of Samsung Electronics Service's partners and labor union activities.