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The Samsung Electronics board of directors, chairman of the prison’s union-busting charges

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Samsung Electronics is seen at its office in Seoul, south korea, south africa, South Korea, on March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji)

SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. board of directors, the chairman, Lee Sang-hoon, was sentenced to 1-1/2 years in prison Tuesday for sabotage of the legitimate activities of the union, is a South Korean district court said.

Lee and approximately 25 other defendants were accused of sabotage, of the activities of the union as a result of the outsourced workers in Samsung Electronics in a repair unit, Samsung Electronics Service Co., Ltd.

If the activities of the union was held at the Samsung Electronics has launched the Service in 2013, the Samsung Group is a now-defunct elite-strategy-channels-developed and implemented strategies to interfere with the functioning of the european union, the Seoul Central District Court said.

Samsung’s executives and employees were in various degrees involved in the finding of the sensitive information regarding the union’s members in order to persuade them to leave the union, by inducing the closure of the outsourcing companies with active trade unions, and the postponement of the negotiations between labor and management.

Samsung declined to comment.

“This is a further signal of the Korean judicial system, which gave it smooth the sentences of convicted business executives,” said Park Sang-in, professor at Seoul National University.

Samsung’s new leader, Jay Y. Lee, who is required to “build industrial relations that are in line with international standards,” he added.

The decision follows last week’s ruling by the court that he gave a 16-month prison term, Samsung Electronics Vice President Kang Kyung-hoon, on charges of union-busting activities at another Samsung affiliate.

Reporting by Joyce Lee and Heekyong Yang; Editing by Hyunjoo Jin and Stephen Coates

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