Another former Ssangyong Motors’ worker found dead … belatedly known 20th death

Disclaimer: The following is a totally unauthoritative personal translation of an article appeared on the <Voice of People> on Jan. 30, 2011, heralding the 20th death of former Ssangyong Motors worker. So many former workers of Ssangyong Motors are already dead, but still the news of their death is so poignant. All rights regarding this post stay with the author of the original article or with <Voice of People> and this post will be scrapped at their request. Although I paid much attention to match translated names of people / institutions / positions as authentic as possible, some of the translations will, unfortunately, be different from their authentic English translations. Original article of this post (in Korean) can be found in the link at the bottom.

Ssangyong Motors who had promised to hire him later dismissed him instead

Reporter Cho Han-il 조한일 기자

On last 20th just before the lunar new year’s day, one of the two biggest holidays in Korea, Mr. Kang (52), a voluntary retiree of Ssangyong Motors, was found dead in his own home in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi-do. His acquaintances, not being able to reach him for several days, began looking for him and found his dead cold body.

According to the Korea Metal Workers’ Union (KMWU), Mr. Kang’s family suffered hardships after the voluntary retirement and Mr. Kang divorced with his wife. Mr. Kang worked numerous daily labor jobs since the divorce and turned out dead just before the holidays. Police in charge is known to consider heart attack from alcohol addiction as the cause of his death.

A KMWU official said “There are so many Ssangyong Motors voluntary retirees and he has lived alone, which obviously delayed the identification of his death. It is known that the funeral was already held ten days later in the morning of 30th. We are checking the details now.”

An official of KMWU Ssangyong Motors branch said “The late Mr. Kang worked in the press part. It is known that, after his voluntary retirement, there was no one who could handle the equipment, and Ssangyong Motors hired him as a daily contractor, promising to offer him a regular job later.”

Then, the official continued “But, it is known that, after they retrieved Mr. Kang’s know-hows and basic job skills, they dismissed him. His case is the most malicious one Ssangyong Motors have exploited so far. It is an archetypal social murder.”

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