Asahi Glass et al. and in-house trade union
Lead NCPKorea, Republic of (South)
Supporting NCP(s)
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by in-house trade union of the company Asahi Glass Fine Techno Korea regarding the activities of Asahi, a Japanese company operating in the Republic of (South) Korea.
Theme(s)General policies, Human rights, Employment and industrial relations
Date5 Aug 2015
Host country(ies)Korea
SourceTrade Union
Industry sectorManufacturing

Read the final statement  issued by the Korean NCP – 8 December 2016

On 5 August 2015, the Korean NCP received a submission from the in-house trade union of the company Asahi Glass Fine Techno Korea related to the activities of Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. and Asahi Glass Fine Techno Korea Co., Ltd., branches of Asahi, a Japanese company.

The submitter argued that the companies did not observe the Guidelines by 1) dismissing a large number of workers without any prior notification, 2) terminating the contracts of workers before their expiry date without any failure by the subcontractor to perform its contractual obligations and 3) intervening in the union’s activity.

On 19 August 2016, the NCP made an initial assessment and considered that this case merited further consideration.

On 8 and 21 September 2016, the Mediation Committee organised by the NCP held a meeting with both parties. Despite both parties’ efforts, no agreement was reached. On 23 September 2016, the company stated it did not wish to participate in a third meeting.

The NCP concluded the specific instance as the company refused to participate in further mediation work and the parties could not reach an agreement. The final statement was released on 8 December 2016.

Acknowledging that both parties nevertheless engaged in meaningful efforts, the NCP recommends that the company keep communication channels open and continue to engage in dialogue concerning the issues raised by submitter.