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Another Ssangyong Worker Commits Suicide(Nov.2011)

Another Ssangyong Worker Commits Suicide(Nov.2011)

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12. 1. 26. Untitled Document1/3www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/include/print.asp?newsIdx=98458
11-09-2011 19:14 
Another Ssangyong worker commits suicide
By Na Jeong-ju Another plant worker at Ssangyong Motor was found dead Tuesday in an apparentsuicide, police and the labor ministry saidWednesday.The death raises the number of Ssangyongemployees and their family members whohave taken their own lives or died of work-related diseases since the companyannounced a massive layoff plan in April2009 to 18.The 46-year-old worker, identified as Yoon,apparently hanged himself from a tree on amountain near Anseong Service Area on theSeoul-Busan Expressway, the initialinvestigation shows. A search operation hadbeen underway since Yoon was reportedmissing late last month.“He didn’t leave any note before his death,” alabor ministry spokesman said. “We are looking into a possible correlation betweenhis death and the firm’s massive dismissal.Yoon had worked since 1990 at the manufacturing plant in Pyeongtaek, where theunion and laid-off workers held fierce protests for months to nullify the layoff plan.The automaker shut down the Pyeongtaek plant, but workers occupied it. Eventually,riot police entered the plant in July that year in a court-approved action to end thedispute. Unionists shot nuts and bolts using slingshots at police.Management initially planned to lay off some 2,600 workers, but later scaled downthe plan under the government’s arbitration and fired about 500 workers.There have been a series of suicides by fired workers and their family members. Arecent survey by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions on 193 fired workersshowed some 80 percent were suffering from depression and psychiatric problems.Unionists claim that hundreds of regular workers who managed to keep their jobsare also under extreme stress stemming from the loss of their former coworkers.On Oct. 10, a laid-off worker, surnamed Kim, killed himself at his home. Familymembers said he had been suffering from financial difficulties since being fired in2009. About a week earlier, a worker at the Pyeongtaek plant also committed suicide in hisautomobile by burning a briquette with the windows closed. Another former Ssangyong worker was also found dead in May at a plant operatedby the automaker’s subcontractor. He had worked at the plant as a temporary worker since he was fired by Ssangyong in 2009.The Green Hospital said in a report in April that about 80 percent of the fired workersdesperately need therapy and other medical measures to ease their stress.The chances of them suffering from depression were 3.74-times higher than that of 
 
12. 1. 26. Untitled Document2/3www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/include/print.asp?newsIdx=98458
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