Corning Inc. and The Workers’ Union of Corning Inc.
Lead NCPKorea, Republic of (South)
Supporting NCP(s)
DescriptionSpecific instance submitted by the Workers’ Union of Corning Inc. alleging the non-observance of the Guidelines by Corning Inc.
Theme(s)Employment and industrial relations
Date17 Aug 2017
Host country(ies)Korea
SourceTrade Union
Industry sectorManufacturing

Read the initial assessment issued by the Korean NCP on 30 November 2017.

Read the final statement issued by the Korean NCP on 23 October 2018.


On 17 August 2017, Workers’ Union of Corning Inc. submitted a specific instance to the Korean NCP (KNCP) alleging that Corning Inc. did not observe the OECD Guidelines. The complainant claimed that the respondent did not “observe standards of employment and industrial relations not less favourable than those observed by comparable employers in the host country” by failing to provide a time and place for collective bargaining.

On 13 November 2017, the KNCP published its initial assessment, found that the case merited further consideration, and informed both parties on 15 November 2017. On 17 July 2018, the Mediation Committee and both parties participated in a meeting held at the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board.

. Subsequently, the parties reached a substantial agreement on the issues raised which consist of: the deduction of union dues, the retroactive application of wage increases, the ‘’Time-off system’’ and space for a union office.

The Parties agreed to accept the recommendations made by the Mediation Committee on 20 July 2018.

Following the mediation process facilitated by the KNCP, the parties resumed their own dialogue after a one-year stalemate and arrived at a resolution on their own. This is the first case where a specific instance submitted by a Union ended in a mutual agreement and was reached through the mediation provided by the KNCP.

A final statement was published on 23 October 2018.