Solidarity South Korean workers

1700 Workers of Ssangyong in Korea have been in strike to defend their Jobs beginning in the 28th of may. The plant is occupied by workers and their families.
On 27th of June, 3000 armed strikebreakers, supported by water guns and helicopters, tried to break the resistance.
After more than 24 hours, the company withdrew their strikebreakers.

Workers in Korea fight a very important struggle against the burden of the capitalist crisis.
They need our solidarity from all over the world.
From Australia Asia Worker kinks
http://aawl.org.au/node/88

Union repression in Korea is among the worst in the world.
The International Metalworkers´ Federation is calling on the Korean government to end labour rights abuses in Korea and bring the country´s labour laws in line with core labour standards so that all workers enjoy the rights to freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining.

In the last year attacks against trade unions in Korea has increased, in terms of the number of arrests of labour leaders and in severity of prison sentences.

There has also been a marked increase in cases of physical violence carried out by police against workers on strike or participating in demonstrations. The Korean government is moving to further limit the rights of workers by expanding the number of workers who are to be officially categorized as “essential services” as well as lengthening the time temporary or contract workers remain on contract.

The International Metalworkers´ Federation is calling on the Korean government to end labour rights abuses in Korea and bring the country´s labour laws in line with core labour standards so that all workers enjoy the rights to freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining.May 09, 2009 – Kristyne Peter

www.imfmetal.org

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One Response to Solidarity South Korean workers

  1. chriswhite October 31, 2009 at 4:09 pm #

    A unionist from Ssangyong Motors has been sentenced to one and a half years in prison for his part in the occupation of the company’s Pyeongtaek factory. The Suwon District Court convicted Kim of incurring 2.29 billion won (1.96 million USD) in damages to the automaker and destroying 10 million won worth of office furniture.

    The court also sentenced another Ssangyong union member to a one-year prison term, suspended for two years, for similar charges.