A former employee of Samsung, which has spent a year at the top of a tower, puts an end to his action

Un ex-employé de Samsung, qui a passé un an au sommet d’une tour, met fin à son action

An employee of Samsung, which has spent more than a year at the top of a tower in Seoul to protest against his dismissal brought an end Friday to its action after having reached an agreement with the south Korean conglomerate of electronics, in which he criticized its policy of prohibition of trade unions.

Kim Yong-hee, 60 years old, claims that he was fired in 1995 for attempting to establish a trade union.

After having it for more than twenty years in vain asked for to Samsung an apology and reinstatement, it is mounted in 2019 at the summit of the dizzying round of monitoring of the traffic, a thin column located in the commercial district of Gangnam, near the offices of Samsung Electronics.

He remained 354 days perched on the narrow platform at the top of the tower, counting on its support that brought food, clothing, and batteries for mobile phone, that he rose with the help of a rope.

After it had reached an agreement with the group on Thursday, the content of which has not been revealed, Kim has returned to the floor Friday night, greeted by his supporters with a bouquet of flowers.

The space available to it was “so small” that it could not even extend his legs, he told AFP.

“I have suffered from panic attacks and I had to constantly fight against the temptation to jump … I hope that Samsung is going to present really secure (the law) to trade union activities to all employees “, he added.

In march, the heir of Samsung, Lee Jae-yong, currently pursued by justice for corruption, had submitted his apologies for the political union that has long prevailed in the company. For nearly half a century, until 2019, Samsung has successfully managed to counter all attempts of creation of a trade union.

Lee Sang-hoon, former president of Samsung Electronics, had been sentenced in 2019 to a prison sentence for botching the trade union activities in the company.

In a statement, the group apologised to Kim for ” not able to quickly resolve the problem.”

His protest action represented ” a superhuman effort “, said Vladimir Tikhonov, professor, Studies Korean at the University of Oslo. “Samsung has maintained the top for a year, it shows all the other candidates trade unionists of his companies that if they want the fight, the fight will be cruel “, he said to the AFP.

Samsung is the largest conglomerate in south korea who have contributed to making South Korea the 12th economy in the world.

Samsung Electronics is the largest manufacturer of smartphones in the world.

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