12 Nov Korea demo with ITF flag

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Stop attacks on Korea's unions

Trade union prisoners must be released!

  • About the campaign

    Thank you for your solidarity!

    Many ITF unions supported the 30 November general strike in South Korea, calling for the country's President to resign immediately.

    220,000 Korean workers took part in the strike. Unions are struggling against severe government crackdowns on labour rights. Rail unions have been on strike since September. The ITF has been intensively involved in supporting its affiliates in Korea and is working with other global union federations on this issue.

    Read about the strike on IndustriALL's page

    OUR CAMPAIGN SO FAR: Active protests are being held every Saturday as widespread calls for the resignation of President Park Guen-hye continue. who is currently enmeshed on a cronyism and corruption scandal.

    Listen to the ILWU's podcast to hear more

    The ITF was amongst the million protesters in Seoul on 12 November

    On 12 October there were 11 coordinated embassy actions, ranging from Australia, Netherlands and Norway, to USA,  Japan and Thailand – and many, many more solidarity messages and photographs sent in by you. Read about it here - and THANK YOU ALL

    KPTU Trucksol ended its strike on 19 October. Railway workers have been on strike since 27 September however and the ITF is still campaigning to support them.

    More about the campaign

    South Korean workers, including the ITF’s railway workers, are staging their largest public sector strike and have been on strike since the end of September, read our story on this. Truckers took industrial action from 10 to 19 October. The unions are fighting back against government plans that would make sackings easier and silence trade unions.

    The lawful actions are bringing together workers right across the public and public transport sectors. Its show of strength has led to some employers cancelling suspensions, but the government has declared the rail strike illegal. Charges have been pressed against 9 union officers, while 145 officers have been suspended from their job positions in preparation for further disciplinary actions The global union movement will fight these attacks and campaign for rights in Korea and the release of those arrested in the last wave of anti-union repression, read about this here.

    For rail and other public service workers, the imposition of a discriminatory performance-related pay and termination system is part of a government attempt to further liberalise and privatise public services. The new system would have workers competing against each other and make it easier to dismiss employees. It would lower wages and undermine both job guarantees and the right of trade unions to defend their members.

    Truckers are facing the deregulation of the trucking transport market, which will create more competition and force low rates down further. Whilst having reached a settlement on some of their issues, truck drivers are still demanding safe rates and a guarantee of trade union rights.

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Dave J. Seneh

51 Days Ago
We at the United Workers' Union of Liberia are in support of our comrades in South Korea against the Government for workers rights. workers rights are human rights.
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Matatu workers Union

53 Days Ago
We support the action taken by our comrades in Korea against the Government, Richard K. Korir president MWU.
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Henry Nyabuto Omoga

53 Days Ago
We strongly suport the action taken by our comrades in Korea and trade unions ,labour laws must be respected.
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Kenya Railways Workers Union

56 Days Ago
We support action taken by Korean Rail Workers Union against the Government severe crackdowns on labour rights.
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Transport Workers Union Kenya

58 Days Ago
we stand with our Korean comrades in this fight
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CHOWDHURY ASHIQUL ALAM

90 Days Ago
WE EXPRESS OUR MORAL SUPPORT TO THE LEGAL MOVEMENT OF KOREAN WORKERS
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United Trade Union of Transport Employees -Birlesik Tasimacilik Calisanlari Sendikasi (BTS))

94 Days Ago
Solidarity from Birlesik Tasimacilik Calisanlari Sendikasi, Turkey.
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Jaime Aguilar

100 Days Ago
The National Confederation of Transportworkers Union (NCTU) support the Korea's strikers for justice. " The worker's united, will never be defeated"
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Dave auger

102 Days Ago
Solidarity from UNISON West Midlands UK
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