March 31, 2010 |
Jeong Seung-ki says he knew something was dangerously wrong with the working environment at the Hankook Tire plant here. After a colleague died in an industrial accident in 2004, the 48-year-old product inspector distributed black ribbons in the man's honor. A boss took him aside, he said, demanding an explanation. For Jeong, the message was clear: This was a busy factory floor, not a memorial chapel. "The company culture was really strange," he said. "Something wasn't right."