Workplace health issues arose in 2007 related to the production of semiconductors at Samsung plant Deaths and a form of leukemia by former Samsung workers in semiconductor production. Also pollution from plant to local area has been alleged. Workers have been protesting for years and organized in "Supporters of Health and Rights of People in the Semiconductor Industry" SHARPS. An ongoing conflict since 2007 is mobilizing workers and their families. In May 2014 Samsung promised to compensate affected workers and their families, although do not admit a direct link to exposures at their plants and leukemia. "Some of Samsung's former employees have passed away after contracting leukemia or are coping with difficult-to-treat diseases after having worked at our manufacturing facility," a Samsung spokesperson said in a statement to CNET. "We could have been more diligent in addressing the hardship and sorrow of former employees and the families of the deceased... we will make due compensation for former employees battling illness and the families of the deceased."