After Samsung launched its new compensation scheme in Nov. 2018, about 62% of new victims have been classed as not eligable for compensation. As identified by a SHARPS investigation, this is largely because their disease or workplace is not covered by the scheme, or their diagnoses fell outside the timeframe covered by the program.
As part of its arbitration with SHARPS (an organisation aiming to support ill Samsung workers) in 2018, Samsung agreed to compensate former and current workers suffering from work-related illness. However, as of March 2019 SHARPS profiled 616 occupational-disease victims of Samsung and other electronics makers. Among them, only 137 received workers compensation while 185 died.
In response Hwang Sang-ki, a SHARPS founder, said:
“Legislation must be strengthened to heavily penalize corporations when there are workplace fatalities”
SHARPS aims to proactively assist the victims ineligible for the Samsung plan in petitioning for fair workers compensation in relation to workplace illnesses.
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