[labor news] Ministry of Industry decides to disallow disclosure of Samsung's work environment report
▲ Portraits of industrial accident victims of Samsung Electronics. (archive photo by Jeong Ki-hoon/The Labor Today)
Industrial accident victims' right to know was once again blocked by the excessive confidentiality of Samsung Electronics. The victims must have access to the work environment measurement report to prove their occupational diseases. However, the work environment report periodically submitted to the Ministry of Employment and Labor(MOEL) once in every six months has been changed to the technology report containing national core technology which does not allow the disclosure of the report.
According to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy(MOTIE) on April 18, a panel of semiconductor experts of the Industrial Technology Protection Committee under the MOTIE has carried out two rounds of deliberation on the matter requested by Samsung Electronics on March 26 to determine whether the work environment measurement report conducted at its semiconductor factories in Onyang, Giheung, Hwaseong and Pyeongtaek contained national core technology. On April 17, the experts panel unveiled their conclusion that "the work environment measurement report on Samsung Semiconductor factories contains the work process and assembling technology of D-RAM below 30 nano, NAND Flash and Application Processor designated as national core technology."
The MOTIE decision that the work environment measurement report is equivalent to the technology report is in complete contradiction with the verdict of the Daejeon High Court in February this year concerning a lawsuit against the MOEL Cheonan Local Office filed by the family of a deceased victim who had worked at the Samsung Electronics Onyang factory before. The Daejeon High Court ruled that "the work environment measurement report should be disclosed."
reported by Bae Hye-jung
translated by KimSung-jin