Nexon's union has become the subject of attention by hinting at its withdrawal from the higher organization, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions. This is in response to the recent protests held in front of Nexon Korea's headquarters following a controversy related to male hatred.
On November 28, the Women's Civic Federation and the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions organized a protest and a press conference in front of Nexon Korea's headquarters. After Nexon released a statement condemning misogyny in the gaming culture, citing the company's surrender to the collective delusions of some players, the organizers disbanded without taking any questions.
In response to the protest, Nexon's union, Nexon Starting Point, expressed a firm stance against its parent organization, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions. The Nexon union is affiliated with the Nexon branch of the Chemical, Textile, and Food Workers' Union, a member of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions.
However, it was reported that the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions did not engage in any consultations or discussions with Nexon's union during the protest. Additionally, the union expressed its disagreement with the content of the announcement.
Bae Su-chan, the President of Nexon's union, recently released a position paper clarifying the union's stance on the issue. He emphasized that the moderation of content is a professional task and should be approached on that premise.
The union has previously emphasized that when controversial images surface, even if they are unintentional, the appropriate procedure is to apologize and make corrections. However, this should not extend to validating the individual worker; rather, the filtering process should focus on checking the work, not casting doubt on a particular person.
Furthermore, Nexon's union stated that, given its priority to protect Nexon members, many organizations are reporting instances of mental and physical stress during the review process. The union expressed its intention to discuss this with the company to find a suitable method of proceeding.
The crux of the matter emerged in the subsequent statements, which included a strong response to the higher organization. As Bae remarked, "The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions held a press conference without any prior discussion with us or understanding of the issues. When Hyundai faces issues with temporary workers or subcontracting, the general union will not come and protest without holding any consultation process. I didn't even know what the (misogynistic) finger gesture meant."
"It's not just going to be a symbolic protest; we plan to use as many speakers as we can mobilize, to maximize its external dissemination. Furthermore, we will reevaluate from scratch whether we really need the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions," he added, indicating a potential withdrawal of Nexon from the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions.
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