Samsung Electronics and an advocacy group representing victims of work-related diseases Tuesday signed an agreement to unconditionally accept upcoming mediation on the long-standing dispute over compensation, which has lasted for about 11 years.
The standoff involving Samsung Electronics was sparked when Hwang Yu-mi, who had worked at Samsung’s chip production line, died of leukemia in 2007.
A signing ceremony was held on Tuesday at a law firm in Seoul, where Samsung Electronics vowed to accept any proposal made by the mediation committee, which will be finally delivered sometime in late September or early October.
SHARPS, or Supporters for Health and Right of People in Semiconductor Industry, also agreed to comply with the forthcoming decision.
The state-appointed mediation body will discuss its arbitration plan with the two parties sometime between August and September and announce a final settlement by early October.
Under the proposal, Samsung Electronics will complete its compensation for the victims within October. The committee is expected to prepare a mediation that includes details on Samsung’s compensation, apology, and prevention and social contribution.
By Hwang Hyung-gyu and Minu Kim
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