Samsung apologizes to sick workers, vows compensation

Samsung Electronics Co. has apologized to 243 of its chip factory workers who suffered from leukemia and other cancers and is promising compensation.

Korean electronics maker has funded legal defenses but has given up the fight

Samsung has given up its fight against hundreds of its factory workers who got sick while working in the company's facilities. ( Lee Jin-man/Associated Press)

Samsung Electronics Co. has apologized to chip factory workers who suffered from leukemia and other cancers and is promising compensation.

Samsung vice chairman Kwon Oh-hyun said Wednesday that Samsung will compensate the workers and their families.

Kwon's remarks come after an opposition party lawmaker, Sim Sang-jeung, urged the government and Samsung to apologize to the 243 semiconductor factory workers who developed rare cancers or died from them. The resolution proposed by Sim in April said 114 of them were former Samsung employees.

For the past few years, Samsung has resisted calls to apologize. The company also provided assistance to a government compensation agency in legal battles over the agency's refusal to pay compensation to workers.

Kwon said Samsung will no longer be involved in the lawsuits.

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