21st death of a laid-off former Ssangyong Motors worker

Disclaimer: The following is a totally unauthoritative personal translation of an article appeared in the <Voice of People> on Feb. 14, 2012, reporting the 21st death of a laid-off former Ssangyong Motors worker. All rights regarding this post stay with the author of the original article or with <Voice of People> and this post will be scrapped immediately at their request. In the post, I tried to match the English translation of names of people / institutions / positions to their authentic ones as much as I can but, inevitably, some of them may be different. Original article of this post (in Korean) can be found in the link at the bottom.

Another former Ssangyong Motors worker who took the voluntary retirement package died.

Korea Metal Workers’ Union Ssangyong Motors branch announced on 14th that “A former laid-off Ssangyong Motors worker who had worked at Ssangyong Motors Technology Institute died of complications from diabetes at 9PM on 13th.”

According to union, the late Mr. Min (50) had lived jobless since he voluntarily retired in 2009.

Union said “the deceased was selected to be laid-off by the company and forced to voluntarily retire. After that, he lived by with alcohols from stress. Days with alcohol made him suffer from diabetes and its complications. But he could not afford to proper treatments and died.”

And added “if it had not been for the layoff, bereaved family said, he would not have died because he could have received proper medical care. Like Mr. Min, countless laid-off former workers of Ssangyong Motors are in positions where they cannot live by a day without alcohol. Ssangyong Motors should answer until when they would push former laid-off workers to death.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Hye-shin Jeong who is running a psychotherapy program for laid-off former workers of Ssangyong Motors expressed her feelings over the Twitter just after the news. Dr. Jeong said “I would say Ssangyong Motors managers are psychopathic; they don’t give a wit even though 21 of their former workers died. We, as a society, should even hold a hearing on the deaths of Ssangyong Motors former workers to share why they end up dying and how we can stop their deaths.”

Reporter Hye-kyoo Jeong 정혜규 기자jhk@vop.co.kr

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