Unionized workers at Samsung Display officially launched a labor union on Feb. 17.
The labor union submitted a union establishment report to the Asan City government in South Chungcheong Province on the day. Under the current Trade Union Act, the establishment of a union only requires submission of an establishment report. Hence, the Samsung Display labor union became lawful on the day.
Asan City is home to Samsung Display's LCD and OLED panel production plants.
The union will be jointly headed by Lee Chang-wan and Kim Jong-ran. Lee posted a message on the chatting room of Naver Band, which is used by the company’s 3,600 employees, with respect to the establishment of the labor union. "We are confident that the union and the company will be able to grow to a higher level together in coexistence," Lee said in the message.
"I will freely make suggestions, combating injustice," Kim added.
The labor union will be affiliated with the Federation of Korea Trade Unions (FKTU), one of the two umbrella organizations in Korea. The FKTU is expected to provide various legal aids and public relations services to the Samsung Display Labor Union. It will hold a press conference on the establishment of the union before long.