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Samsung Electronics workers strike for the first time ever

National Samsung Electronics Union members strike outside of Samsung’s office building in Seoul, South Korea. | Photo by Anthony Wallace / AFP via Getty Images

Samsung Electronics workers went on a strike on Friday for the very first time in the company’s history. The move comes at a time when the Korean corporation faces increased competition from other chipmakers, particularly as demand for AI chips grows.

The National Samsung Electronics Union (NSEU), the largest of the company’s several unions, called for the one-day strike at Samsung’s Seoul office building as negotiations over pay bonuses and time off hit a standstill. The New York Times reports that the majority of striking workers come from Samsung’s chip division. (Samsung Electronics is technically only a subsidiary comprising its consumer tech, appliances, and semiconductor divisions; Samsung itself is a conglomerate that controls…

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