Thursday, August 14, 2014

Union[NUFAM] menyatakan - Penswastaan MAS bukan langkah terbaik

Apa yang berlaku kepada MAS - Bukankah kerajaan yang mengambil alih MAS? Jadi, mengapa mengunakan terminoloji 'penswastaan' - seolah-lahu mahu lari daripada tanggungjawab kerajaan kepada pekerja dan Union yang mereka jadi ahli. Gunakan terminoloji 'diambil alih syarikat milikan penuh kerajaan', iaitu apa yang berlaku kini nampaknya.

Bukah perlu Union diberikan peranan lebih - duduk bersama dan mengeluarkan cadangan untuk kebaikan MAS akan datang. Pekerja bukan komoditi - tetapi harus dijadikan 'rakan kongsi' dalam perancangan dan strateji menguatkan perniagaan MAS. Masa depan pekerja MAS berkait rapat dengan kejayaan MAS - jika MAS untung, pekerja pun untung. 

Lihat juga:-

MAS diambil alih kerajaan Malaysia - sekarang pastikan hak pekerja dihormati dan pekerja dijadikan 'rakan kongsi' usaha mengembangkan MAS

 

Penswastaan MAS bukan langkah terbaik - NUFAM


KUALA LUMPUR 5 Ogos - Kesatuan Kebangsaan Anak-Anak Kapal Kabin Malaysia (NUFAM) menyifatkan cadangan penswastaan Malaysia Airlines (MAS) bukan satu langkah terbaik dalam menyelesaikan kemelut kewangan yang dihadapi syarikat penerbangan nasional itu. 

Presidennya, Ismail Nasaruddin berkata, cadangan tersebut hanya akan memberi kesan lebih buruk kepada kakitangan MAS ekoran langkah pengurusan baharu yang berkemungkinan besar akan mengurangkan kos ke atas pekerja.

Katanya, situasi demikian secara tidak langsung akan menggugat keyakinan dan motivasi pekerja terhadap syarikat yang turut mene-rima kesan psikologi ekoran tragedi pesawat MH17 yang ditembak jatuh dan kehilangan MH370 dalam tempoh selang empat bulan. 

Namun ujarnya, sebagai syarikat penerbangan nasio-nal, MAS masih memerlukan sokongan kerajaan supaya dapat terus bergerak ke hadapan dan bersaing dengan syarikat penerbangan yang lain. 

"Bagaimanapun, saya tetap melihat cadangan penswastaan ini dari sudut positif dan negatif. Yang bagusnya jika dengan langkah ini, pengurusan baharu dapat mengekalkan kos pekerja sedia ada dan tidak beri kesan kepada mereka. Ini juga termasuk penilaian ke atas tender-tender sedia ada dan akan datang," katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia pada Majlis Rumah Terbuka Kesatuan dan Persatuan Sekerja Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) di sini hari ini. 

Yang turut hadir, Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif TNB, Datuk Seri Azman Mohamad; Naib Yang Dipertua Persa-tuan Eksekutif TNB, Mohd. Amran Abdul Rahman; Setiausaha Agung Persatuan Eksekutif TNB, Ir. Harriezan Ahmad dan Presiden Kesatuan Pegawai-Pegawai Rendah TNB, Mohd. Roszeli Majid. 

Pada majlis itu, kesatuan TNB turut menyerahkan wang kutipan berjumlah RM2,580 kepada NUFAM untuk diserahkan kepada waris krew MH370 dan MH17. 

Berikutan tragedi yang menimpa pesawat MH370 dan MH17 milik MAS, terdapat beberapa cadangan daripada pihak-pihak tertentu dalam usaha untuk memulihkan semula imej syarikat penerbangan itu. Satu daripadanya ialah cadangan penswastaan MAS yang kembali disuarakan ekoran tragedi pesawat MH370 yang masih hilang sehingga kini. 

Menurut Ismail, kerajaan tidak perlu tunduk kepada sebarang cadangan atau desakan yang dibuat oleh pihak-pihak tertentu berkenaan isu MAS sebaliknya perlu mencari punca dan sebab kerugian yang ditanggung oleh syarikat penerbangan itu

"Tanpa bantuan dari kerajaan juga akan menjadi satu masalah. MAS adalah satu syarikat penerbangan nasional yang mempunyai identiti tersendiri dan kita tidak boleh jatuhkan MAS sesuka hati," katanya. 

Dalam pada itu, beliau berkata, pemulihan MAS boleh dilakukan dengan perubahan secara dalaman dengan menilai semula punca masalah yang menyebabkan kerugian syarikat itu. - Utusan Online, 6/8/2014, Penswastaan MAS bukan langkah terbaik - NUFAM

Saturday, August 9, 2014

MAS diambil alih kerajaan Malaysia - sekarang pastikan hak pekerja dihormati dan pekerja dijadikan 'rakan kongsi' usaha mengembangkan MAS

Sekarang, perkara yang harus SEGERA dilakukan adalah -

1 - Tarik balik tindakan Mahkamah Tinggi yang mencabar keputusan Menteri memberi pengiktirafan[recognition] kepada NUFAM sebagai Union yang mewakili 'flight attendant' di MAS. Ini selepas 'secret ballot'(undi sulit) yang jelas sekali menunjukkan pekerja MAS yang layak diwakili NUFAM menyatakan bahawa mereka mahu NUFAM - 

2 - Segera mengembalikan kerja Presiden NUFAM, Setiausaha Agung NUFAM, ahli exco dan ahli biasa NUFAM yang telah dibuang kerja secara salah oleh MAS sebelum ini.

3 -  Dalam usaha menyelamatkan MAS - pastikan yang pekerja MAS juga terlibat dalam proses tersebut - yakni 2 Kesatuan Sekerja berkenaan MASEU (yang kini mewakili pekerja selain daripada 'flight attendant' dan juruterbang), NUFAM yang mewakili 'flight attendant'm dan badan yang mewakili pilot di MAS terlibat dalam semua aspek dari strategi kepada implementasi. Pekerja di MAS sememangnya mahu MAS diselamatkan dan terus berjaya - kerana kejayaan MAS ada kesan terus kepada pekerjaan mereka serta kebajikan pekerja sekeluarga. Malangnya, banyak majikan hanya kini menganggap pekerja sebagai komoditi untuk diekploitasi untuk mengaut keuntungan - ini harus berubahm dan kesatuan sekerja dan pekerja harus dijadikan sebagai 'rakan kongsi' untuk menjayakan sesuatu perniagaan.

Cabin crew union says MAS takeover will safeguard jobs  

BY MUZLIZA MUSTAFA
Published: 9 August 2014


National Union of Flight Attendants president Ismail Nasaruddin said the takeover by Khazanah Nasional would give flight attendants job security after months of uncertainty. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 9, 2014. 
 
National Union of Flight Attendants president Ismail Nasaruddin said the takeover by Khazanah Nasional would give flight attendants job security after months of uncertainty. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 9, 2014.The flight attendants union has given the thumbs-up to the plan for the takeover of Malaysia Airlines by Khazanah Nasional, saying it would be in the best interests of MAS employees including its 3,500 cabin crew.

"Our worries were the welfare of the workers and with the government takeover, the issue of cutting down the workforce is no longer there. I do not think the government would want to do that while the world is watching," said National Union of Flight Attendants (Nufam) president Ismail Nasaruddin.

He said the takeover by the government’s investment arm would give the flight attendants job security after months of uncertainty.

“If it had been taken over by new owners, there would be a lot of people losing their jobs. We feel MAS will have the best chance of survival with this takeover. The workers will be much more at ease. “The in-house administration and policies will also be monitored closely," said Ismail.

He said the restructuring would also have to involve the top management.

"We have seen years pass by and MAS still suffering losses but with the takeover, we are positive that with better monitoring and implementation, the national flag carrier can regain its glory," Ismail said.

MAS was hit with RM1.2 billion in losses in 2013 and the twin air disasters of MH370 and MH17 this year.
The incidents have had a significant impact on the airline’s performance this year.

Ismail said the union would be monitoring Khazanah’s move to turn MAS into a profitable entity.

"This is only the first stage of execution. We want to see how they are going to do this, and the second and third phases of restructuring, and whether it will be beneficial to the employees too, especially the flight attendants – whether their needs and welfare will be taken care of. That is paramount," he said.

He added that the takeover plan had received mixed responses from those on the ground.

“We cannot please everyone but we can make them understand what the process will entail.

“If this move will cause more harm to the workers and jeopardise their livelihood, then we will fight. After all, this is what the union does, fight for the best interest of its members," he said.

Ismail also said MAS had to be allowed to succeed as it was a national asset.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

100 pemandu bas, berserta bas mereka, melakukan protes tentang isu tol - nampaknya kebanyakkan media tidak melapurkan

Bila lebih kurang 100 pemandu bas, berserta bas mereka, melakukan protes tentang isu tol - nampaknya kebanyakkan media tidak melapurkan

Bila pekerja protes, isu atau intipati protes kerap tidak dilapurkan oleh media - tetapi perkara lain. Protes pemandu lori tetapi tajuk media adalah mengenai 'trafik jam' - kenapa tajuk tidak terus menyatakan pemandu bas protes toll...? 

Tindakan protes ini hebat... kerana bukan senang mendapat begitu ramai yang juga membawa bas mereka sekali....

 

Some 100 bus drivers staged a 'creative' protest (a peaceful assembly) to express dissatisfaction about toll charges...in Malaysia

Some 100 bus drivers had a protest on the issue of  toll - it seems to be a legitimate exercise of freedom of expression - but alas, many media failed to give coverage to this protest...Star was the exception - but Star could have had a better title for the report.  
A group of factory bus drivers stopped metres away from the entrance of the Sultan Iskandar Customs and Immigration Check­point (CIQ) building here to protest against the toll charges being implemented there...
 
“Not all the bus drivers were involved as there were some who chose to remain inside their vehicles while the group spoke to the authorities. There was no arrest as the group was not violent and only wanted to voice out dissatisfaction over the toll charges,” said Supt Mohd Nadzir. 
The group, comprising some 100 drivers, started to disperse at about 7.30am after they were assured that their views would be considered by the authorities, he added. 
In Malaysia, this protest took guts - and hopefully the Malaysian government do not take action against the said bus drivers. It was not a strike - just a protest. It seems to have started at about 4.30am and ended at about 7.30am - It was peaceful. 


 

Published: Saturday August 2, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday August 2, 2014 MYT 9:20:49 AM

Bus drivers cause traffic chaos at CIQ

Traffic standstill: The parked factory buses at the CIQ.
Traffic standstill: The parked factory buses at the CIQ.
JOHOR BARU: A group of factory bus drivers stopped metres away from the entrance of the Sultan Iskandar Customs and Immigration Check­point (CIQ) building here to protest against the toll charges being implemented there, causing traffic to come to a standstill.
The drivers parked their vehicles across the three-lane highway, blocking access to all other heavy vehicles. 
The pre-dawn blockade forced scores of commuters, including schoolchildren and factory workers, to trudge across the Causeway into Singapore on foot. 
However, by around 8am, the four-hour blockade was lifted and the situation was back to normal.
Johor Baru South Deputy OCPD Supt Mohd Nadzir Gulam Kadir said the first few buses, whose drivers were protesting against the toll collection, stopped about 30m from the CIQ entrance at around 4.15am. 
“Not all the bus drivers were involved as there were some who chose to remain inside their vehicles while the group spoke to the authorities. There was no arrest as the group was not violent and only wanted to voice out dissatisfaction over the toll charges,” said Supt Mohd Nadzir. 
The group, comprising some 100 drivers, started to disperse at about 7.30am after they were assured that their views would be considered by the authorities, he added. 
A Works Ministry statement denied that there was a strike, adding that only two drivers were involved in the commotion after they refused to pay toll. 
“The Government views this seriously and action will be taken against irresponsible drivers,” it said, adding that officials from the Malaysian Highway Authority, Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL) and PLUS Bhd would be stationed there to monitor and reduce traffic jams. 
The EDL is an 8.6km-long expressway in Johor Baru that connects the North-South Expressway Southern Route in Pandan to the CIQ complex in the city centre. It is regarded as a toll-free expressway to the CIQ complex, allowing users to bypass Jalan Tebrau.
However, a controversy has erupted following the decision to impose toll collection inside the Johor CIQ as some who do not use the EDL but want to travel to Singapore will also have to pay the toll.
Although an average of 220,000 motorists use the EDL daily, only about 40,000 to 50,000 users travel to Singapore and have to pay toll. 
Toll collection at CIQ, which began at midnight, proceeded smoothly. 
A spokesman from the highway concessionaire said some 1,000 Touch n Go cards with RM10 in preloaded value would be distributed to motorists passing through the CIQ starting yesterday.
“We plan to hand out 200 cards daily during peak hours in the next five days,” she said.- The Star Online, 2/8/2014, Bus drivers cause traffic chaos at CIQ

Saturday, August 2, 2014

NUJ akan piket untuk menuntut kadar kenaikan gaji pekerja yang lebih munasabah

NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALIST (NUJ) PICKET COMING SOON - tarikh, masa dan tempat masih belum diketahui...

UNION piket lagi - di mana isu kini adalah berkenaan CA - khususnya untuk memberikan tekanan kepada majikan menaikkan kadar peningkatan gaji - apa yang ditawarkan majikan hanya 4%, di mana ini NUJ mendapati tidak wajar dan adil - NUJ mahu lebih - tapi malangnya peratusan yang diminta NUJ tidak jelas...

Adakah terdapat apa-apa lagi isu yang akan diperjuangkan semasa piket ini?

THE FACTS

UTUSAN FINANCIAL REPORT 2010-2013
DIRECTOR SALARY,ALLOWANCE & BENEFITS – 16.85%
EMPLOYEES – ONLY 9% SALARY ADJUSTMENT FOR 3 YEARS

NEW COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT - UTUSAN OFFER ONLY 4% FOR 2014-2017 CA!

Kesatuan Wartawan Kebangsaan (NUJ) merancang untuk mengadakan piket kebangsaan selepas Hari Raya Aidilfitri sebagai bantahan terhadap tawaran majikan pengurusan Kumpulan Utusan yang menawarkan pelarasan gaji hanya 4% untuk Perjanjian Kolektif 2014-2017. Sumber kesatuan NUJ menyatakan tawaran 4% adalah terlalu rendah dan tidak mencerminkan peningkatan kos sara hidup dan pelaksanaan GST pada tahun 2015. Syarikat mengikut Laporan Kewangan Tahunan 2010-2013 telah membayar Lembaga Pengarahnya Gaji, Allowance dan Benefits berjumlah 16.85% sedangkan pekerja-pekerja yang terdiri dari wartawan hanya dibayar 9% pelarasan gaji untuk tempoh 3 tahun tersebut.

Syarikat Utusan yang juga syarikat pemilikan UMNO difahamkan sedang mengalami masalah kewangan yang kritikal dan menjejaskan operasinya kesan dari peningkatan penggunaan social media dan media alternative.
NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALIST (NUJ) PICKET COMING SOON

THE FACTS
UTUSAN FINANCIAL REPORT 2010-2013
DIRECTOR SALARY,ALLOWANCE & BENEFITS – 16.85%
EMPLOYEES – ONLY 9% SALARY ADJUSTMENT FOR 3 YEARS

NEW COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT - UTUSAN OFFER ONLY 4% 
FOR 2014-2017 CA!
 
 
Apa yang kita boleh belajar daripada NUJ? 
 
1 - Mereka ada laman web NUJ - di mana malangnya di Malaysia banyak UNION masih lagi tidak mempunyai Blog atau Laman Web untuk UNION maka mereka terpinggir daripada orang ramai dan juga ahli mereka sendiri. Jelas kini pihak media massa bukan selalu akan membuat liputan isu pekerja - maka perlulah Union mengunakan apa yang ada untuk tujuan menghebohkan isu, menimbulkan kesedaran, dsb... National atau Regional atau State Unions, khususnya perlu ada Laman Web atau Blog (di mana Blog percuma) - supaya juga pekerja kilang/tempat kerja lain yang berminat menubuhkan Union dapat menghubungi mereka...boleh tahu juga apa kebaikan ada Union (kerana semua ini akan dapat dibaca dalam Blog atau Laman Web Union.

2 - Saya juga terkagum dengan kenyataan media yang jelas tercatat dalam Laman Web Union - adalah amalan baik mempunyai kenyataan media - jangan cakap sahaja kepada pihak media. Pihak media biasanya pilih dan lapurkan apa yang mereka mahu di mana kadang-kadang apa yang UNION berkata tak jelas - tetapi jika ada kenyataan media, dapat ini diedarkan dan semua dapat tahu apakah kenyataan sepeneuhnya... Tambahan NUJ ada catatan semua kenyataan media yang telah dikeluarkan - Syabas. Contoh satu kenyataan media NUJ adalah saperti dibawah ini.... 


 
February 13, 2014

TO ALL NEWS EDITORS

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE  National  Union  of  Journalists  Malaysia  (NUJ) urges  the  government  to  repeal  the 1984 Printing, Presses and Publishing Act (PPPA) and other relevant laws and regulations that curb the freedom of the press in our country in liaise with its democratic process.

The NUJ wishes to state that during the thirteenth General Elections which took  place on May 5, 2013,  the  new  government  was supposed  to  seriously  look  at  the  various draconian  laws that constrict press freedom and threaten journalists, to make the desired changes possible and  to advocate impartial neutral news coverage in order to meet the public's right to know.

YAB  Najib-led  BN  government  during  the  past  has  made  restructuring  and  reforms,  including amendments to the PPPA. 

However, the media industry wants to see the government abolish the PPPA and other relevant laws so that professional journalism can be adhered to, to perform their duties responsibly and safe from any government interference.

According to  Reporters San Frontieres  (Reporters Without Borders)  press freedom index  2013, Malaysia's press freedom is ranked  145th  out of 179 countries  compared to 123  in  2011/2012. 

This  sharp fall  should  sound an  alarm.  Malaysia  has fallen  to  its  lowest-ever  position because access to information is becoming more and more limited.

The media industry and the public as a whole are seeing this figures  regrettably as a worrying inclination  stunting  the  growth  and  development  of  media  industry  in  our  country  as  it  is undoubtedly also a stumbling block to a democratic process that is stalling or going into reverse. It is  undermining  human rights issues and press freedom that  eventually  would create an adverse trend in a developing country such as Malaysia.

NUJ strongly opposes media manipulation by political parties or government monopoly, especially when the press freedom  ranking  we have seen  is closely related to the government of a country that is not epitomizing democratic openness. 

As we all know, the BN government controls the English New Straits Times Group, the Utusan group  is  UMNO  controlled,  and  MCA  which  has  the  "Star"  to  call  its own,  the  print  media has become the mouthpiece of the ruling party instead of playing its  role as the mouthpiece of the people.

This has resulted in the newspapers losing their credibility.

The NUJ calls for the government to re-examine the issues curbing press freedom in Malaysia. Malaysia's press freedom development has been stagnant for the past 56 years and has seen a decline with the system of one-party ruling in Malaysia.

On behalf of the Executive Council,

CHIN SUNG CHEW

President NUJM

Sumber: - Laman Web NUJ

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Kanser dan Industri Elektronik - Maklumat Tambahana dan Bahan Rujukan (kes Samsung)

1. A court in Korea ruled in favor of 2 of the Samsung victims, deciding that their exposures to toxic chemcials played a role in their devloping their leukemia and was therefore compensable (see attached translation of the summary of the court decision) - see also the attached overview of the Samsung worker health issues - See Attachment 1 and 2 below

2.  A recent paper by experts in Korea which analyzes the main epidemiological studies done so far on electronics workers --

3.  The studies done by Dr. Richard Clapp and NIOSH

http://www.ehjournal.net/content/7/1/13 - this is the key study of IBM workers that links their diseases to exposure to toxic chemicals on the job


4.  A link to several presentations by health experts at the American Public Health Association meeting on semiconductor worker health -

5. A resolution passed by the American Public Health Association:

6. An article about the "apology" of a top Samsung official over the deaths of young workers
 
 
***** Attachment 1
 
First approval of Samsung Semiconductor Leukemia death as occupational disease
Seoul Administrative Court First decision: the statement and commentary

On June 23, the Seoul Administrative Court Department 14 (Judge Jin Chang Su) approved the late Samsung Electronics factory workers Hwang Yumi, and Lee Suk Young's deaths by leukemia as occupational disease. (23/06/2011 Seoul Administrative Court 2010 1149 decision).
The court announced in the decree that "Despite the fact that the case of deceased Hwang Yumi and Lee Suk Young didn't reveal a clear medical etiology on the onset of leukemia, the continual exposure to the chemical hazard is assumed to have brought the onset of the disease, or at least, promoted it, hence with significant cause and effect relation, which arranges the defendant (Korea Workers' Compensation & Welfare Service, Kcomwel) with illegitimate disposition of refusal to pay the survivor benefits".
Meanwhile, citing the insistence of Samsung that there is not enough evidence of continuous exposure of hazardous chemicals, the court dismissed the remaining three (the late Hwang Min Wung of Giheung plant, the late Kim Ok Yi and Song Chang Ho of Onyang plant). This is a pitiful statement, for it doesn't rely on facts. The late Hwang Min Wung who was diagnosed of leukemia while working as an maintenance engineer for 7 years from 1997 to October of 2004, in the 1, 5th CMP line and Backlap line of Samsung Semiconductor Giheung plant. However, the court insists with the back up of Samsung's statement, "The cleaning of facility and the set-up operation has been conducted from the year 1995 by another contract company", and concludes that the exposure to the hazardous chemicals cannot be surmised as continuous, leaving insufficient evidence work related leukemia. But Jung Ae Jung, wife of Hwang who worked along with him, said that he was in charge of both the maintenance and set-up operation. The same was applied to Kim EunKyung(prior Kim Ok Yi) and Song Chang Ho. They concluded that while their use of toxic materials can be approved, there still is little evidence of continuous exposure. Although it is pitiful that all 5 workers were not approved as occupational disease, it is still a meaningful thing to have 2 of them recognized after the battle of the past four years. To look closely into details of the judgement basis of the decree of late Hwang Yumi and Lee Suk Young is as follow:
Because benzene, 1,3-butadiene, ethylene oxide, and other chemicals, along with ionizing radiation is a known cause of leukemia, and TCE, formaldehyde etc. are also suspected as a factor of leukemia, and also when a human body is exposed to a toxic chemical not yet medically proved to cause leukemia, considering that it could be due to the fact that etiology has not been identified correctly, leads to the conclusion that the possibility of leukemia incidence cannot be ruled out because insufficient scientific evidence.
When the participant (Samsung Electronics), handed out the "Environmental Handbook" to the engineers from 1996, the third line of Giheung plant was using dozens of chemicals, HCL, POCL3 in the diffusion line, acetone, IPA, ACT-CMI (dimethylacetamide, 2-methyl-ethanolamine mixture), methyl chloride, TCE, various thinners, hydrogen peroxide, sulfuric acid, nitric acid, hydrofluoric acid, hydrochloric acid, phosphoric acid, acetic aicd in the wet-cleaning process of etching line, and all these chemicals are irritants of eye, skin, and respiratory tract. Out of all the chemicals mentioned above, the ACT-CMI, TCE, and sulfuric acid has been designated as carcinogens, with TCE as suspicious etiologic fatcor of hematolymphoid malignancies.
(With the results of investigation of Seoul National University Industry-Academic Cooperation) the fifth line which has a very similar work environment of the third line of Giheung, used 99 kinds of chemicals, with 13 in the diffusion line, 10 in the cleaining line, and they were all identified in the measurment despite the small amount. All of these are irritants of eye, skin and respiratory tract, with arsine and sulfuric acid as specified carcinogens by IARC, and phosphine specified as a cause of anemia and leukopenial. Even more the pre stage process of diffusion and wet etch line, the photolithography line revealed benzene in the photo resistant agent, a well known risk factor of leukemia, and 2-methoxyethanol, a bonemarrow disturbing material
Even with the local ventilation system installed in the facility, there were trace of chemicals as mentioned above which could be inferred to have discharged the toxic chemicals not to a complete degree. And the late Hwang Yumi and Lee Suk Young has been exposed to a greater degree while cleaning in the manual wet etch line, and considering the air circulation system within the line, certain gas leak is apt to spread to other bays, which adds more exposure of gas emitted from other lines.
The hazardous chemical above are harmful to human body, so despite the fact that they were measured to be well beneath the exposure level, the workers are liable to continuous exposure with long working time in the same working environment, and the past working conditions of the late Hwang Yumi and Lee Suk Young is presumed to have greater amount of exposure of the toxic chemicals. The results of Samsung Electronics work environment measurement and the report on the epidemiology research of Korean Occupational Safety and Health Research based on that, reflects only the measurement results statically analyzed at a particular point of time.
Since the exposure of ionizing radiation with other various toxic chemicals can cause interactive response, the late Hwang Yumi with short working period (1year and 8 months), even with low level of exposure under acceptable standards, can result in the development of leukemia according to the individual difference of immunity.
Although the standardized mortality rate or the rate of cancer register of the semiconductor female workers have wide confidence interval giving less statistical significance, they still show a higher level than the general public, so we could estimate that the late Hwang Yumi, Lee Suk Young's work environment had certain impact in the pathogenesis of leukemia
Although we have not won a full victory, the partial winning with the above mentioned basis has two important implications.
One is that, with the issue of the hazardous chemicals of the semiconductor industry and its aftermath of disease being a hot potato these days globally, Korea has stepped first in approving leukemia(hemo-lymphoid malignancy) of the semicondoctor worker as an occupational disease.
The second importance is that, this was a result of the tenacious fight between the Goliath Samsung and the Korean government skewed to Samsung, and the workers and their family survivors. It was a victory of the struggle of the victims, conscientious specialists, and many other supporters who fought for the approval.
Samsung Electronics tried aggressively to prove that this was not an occupational disease, and submitted massive amount of information and letters of approval in the current lawsuit, but still couldn't hide the truth. 
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Attachment 2

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Are Toxic Chemicals the Cause of Cancer Cluster Among Samsung Semiconductor Workers in Korea?

Over 145 people at Samsung plants have become seriously ill, and 56 have died.

Cancer cluster
Workers at Samsung’s Korean semiconductor factories, as well as their LCD and cell phone plants, are suffering and dying from blood and brain cancers (such as leukemia and lymphoma) at an alarming rate.  Three workers in one unit developed Wegener’s granulomatosis, a rare blood disorder. These are mostly very young women, many of whom begin work while still in high school.  Over 145 people at Samsung’s plants have become seriously ill, and at least 56 of them have died.

Type of Plant
Victims of occupational diseases
Of those victims, number of deaths
Samsung Semiconductor
91
32
Samsung LCD:
17
8
Samsung mobile phone and other electronics
11
7
Samsung Electromechatronics
12
7
Samsung SDI
10
2
Samsung Techwin
4
0
TOTAL
145
56
                Occupational Diseases and Deaths of Samsung Semiconductor and Electronics workers in South Korea
                (June 30, 2012)[1]

Same Pattern As With IBM in Silicon Valley and elsewhere in the U.S.
These illnesses and deaths reflect similar patterns experienced at IBM in Silicon Valley and throughout the United States, during the heyday of electronics manufacturing there in the 1980s and 1990s.
““The cases at Samsung fit a pattern of what we saw in the IBM study,” said Richard Clapp, Boston University professor emeritus of environmental health and epidemiologist who conducted an epidemiological study of cancer and death rates among IBM workers between 1969 and 2001 that found elevated rates of blood, brain, lymphatic, and other cancers among workers likely exposed to manufacturing chemicals.” [2]
Compensation Denied to Workers
Once they have been diagnosed and unable to work, these workers (or their families) have filed claims with the Korean Workers Compensation and Welfare (KCOMWEL) for compensation and, in some cases, funeral expenses. KCOMWEL is a state run workers compensation program. Samsung’s worker comp premium rates are linked to their number and severity of successful claims and KCOMWEL has been denying these claims, saying there was no proof that they are related to work.  A Korean NGO coalition called SHARPS: Supporters for the Health And Rights of People in the Semiconductor industry has helped the workers file these claims, and has tried to get Samsung to acknowledge and eliminate the problems, and to compensate the sick workers and their families. SHARPS has helped two groups of workers to file lawsuits challenging KCOMWEL’s denial of their worker comp claims.

Court Ruling Says Deaths Connected to Chemicals; Study Finds Carcinogens in Workplace
In response to the efforts by SHARPS, there have been three important developments:
1) For the first time, a court ruled in favor of 2 Samsung workers who died from leukemia[3][4];
2) Since that court decision, the government ministry overseeing the worker comp agency (KCOMWEL) has ruled in favor of a worker for the first time, and recognized that the aplastic anemia suffered by a worker as an occupational disease resulting from her work at Samsung Semiconductor’s Onyang factory;
3) An independent government study found monitored carcinogens (including benzene and formaldehyde) as well as radiation in the workplace at Samsung and other semiconductor plants in Korea

Samsung Stonewalling
Samsung refuses to admit any connection between the workplace processing and worker cancers. Samsung, which has very strong ties to the federal government (many people in Korea refer to it as “the Republic of Samsung”), has a militant anti-union policy. Workers say the workplace is run in a very strict, almost military-like fashion, where workers are forced to work overtime. Last year two workers, young men in their 20s, leapt to their deaths, similar to what’s been much more widely reported at the Foxconn facility in China. 
Instead, Samsung commissioned a study by a consulting firm which supported Samsung’s position that there is no connection between the worker illnesses and workplace conditions. Meanwhile, Samsung shipped more smartphones than any other vendor during 2012's first quarter with 42.2 million units.[5]

English Speaking Press Not Covering This Issue
There has been little coverage of this issue by the English speaking press. Also, many of the relevant reports are not yet translated into English. There is a very active coalition of NGOs, called SHARPS - Supporters of Health and Rights of People in the Semiconductor Industry – which has an English website chronicling these events and issued: http://stopsamsung.wordpress.com/
Last updated: August 16, 2012


[2] Elizabeth Grossman, Toxics in the ‘Clean Rooms’: Are Samsung Workers at Risk? Environment 360,  June 9, 2001, http://e360.yale.edu/feature/toxics_in_the_clean_rooms_are_samsung_workers_at_risk/2414/

[3] 23/06/2011 Seoul Administrative Court 2010, 1149 decision. Summary of the ruling: http://www.icrt.co/node/34
[4] 23/06/2011 Seoul Administrative Court 2010, 1149 decision , text of the ruling (English translation): http://www.icrt.co/node/33