Global Solidarity Action to Support the General Strike in South Korea
On the 30th of November the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) has called for a general strike calling for the abolishment of regressive labour law reforms and the immediate resignation of President Park Geun Hye who has been embroiled in a major scandal exposing corruption and cronyism spanning several decades. Throughout her term, Park Geun Hye has consistently launched a series of vicious attacks against trade unions and labour rights in South Korea.
In the past year, the South Korean trade unions have been fighting against a set of changes in the labour law that will allow firing workers without due process, cutting wages for senior employees and allow even more outsourcing and sub-contracting. The government’s response has been continuous repression by arresting hundreds of trade union members and raiding of union offices. Currently Han Sang Gyun, President of the KCTU is facing a five-year prison term and also imprisoned is Lee Jong Hwa, President of the Korean Construction Plant Workers Union a member of BWI’s affiliate, the KFCITU.
The BWI supports the key demands of the KCTU General Strike:
1. Abolishment of regressive labour law reforms
2. Immediate release of all trade imprisoned trade unionists
4. Immediate and unconditional resignation of Park Geun Hye.