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Samsung's board chairman, dozens of others indicted for hampering union activities

All Headlines 15:45 September 27, 2018

SEOUL, Sept. 27 (Yonhap) -- Lee Sang-hoon, Samsung Electronics Co.'s chairman of the board, and other executives were indicted Thursday for hampering labor union activities at its after-sales services affiliate.

The prosecutors charged 16 former and incumbent officials from Samsung Electronics and Samsung Electronics Services without physical detention, as they announced the result of their five-month investigation into South Korea's richest conglomerate over violation of labor laws.

The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office has also indicted seven chiefs of Samsung Electronics Services' subcontractors and three officials from the Korea Employers Federation for cooperating with Samsung in the scheme. A total of 32 persons and entities have been charged in the case.

They are accused of preventing employees from setting up or engaging in labor union activities since 2013. They pressured employees to quit the labor union, threatened to cut wages of those linked to unions and made subcontractors go under if they were considered union-friendly, according to the prosecution.

Prosecutors said it was "an organized crime that mobilized the whole company to its full capacity."

A senior police officer at the National Police Agency and former labor ministry official have been arrested and indicted for helping Samsung in the same case.

The prosecutors said they will continue the investigation into similar allegations involving other Samsung affiliates, including Samsung Everland.

An official from the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office briefs on the probe results of alleged labor union sabotaging at Samsung Electronics Co.'s after-services unit on Sept. 27, 2018. (Yonhap)

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