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What’s behind the Escalations in Korea?

For the first time in five years, tensions in the Korean peninsula are escalating. This comes in the context of a U.S. military buildup in the Pacific, driven by greater capitalist competition between the United States and China.

Samuel Karlin

October 7, 2022

Femicide in South Korea: The State and Bosses Are Responsible

The recent murder of a woman who worked for Seoul Metro shows the dangers faced by women workers in Korea. The working class must organize against femicide and sexual harassment in the workplace.

Youngmi Lee

October 5, 2022

South Korea’s New President-Elect Wants to Beef Up Privatization and U.S. Militarization in the Pacific

A winner has emerged in what has been dubbed South Korea’s “unlikable election.” Winner and opposition candidate Yoon Suk-yeol has made inflammatory remarks about Chinese residents and women and loves U.S. imperialism.

Samuel Karlin

March 10, 2022

Half a Million South Korean Workers Join One-Day General Strike

At least half a million workers in South Korea from across construction, transportation, service, and other sectors walked off their jobs for a one-day general strike on October 20, 2021 to win better conditions and increased self-determination for workers.

K.S. Mehta

October 21, 2021

A Cafe Worker in Seoul: My Labor is Mine, But It Is Also Capital’s

South Korea has been held up globally as an example of a country which successfully confronted and contained the spread of the coronavirus. The story that has not been told is the plight of the increasingly precarious working class --- particularly youth, women, and migrants.

Min

August 11, 2020

They Flattened the Curve, but at What Cost? Interview with a Worker in South Korea

A socialist in South Korea speaks out about the government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the steps that must be taken by the international working class to fight against the crisis.

South Korea’s Tollgate Workers’ Struggle: A Guiding Star for the Next Battle

As the valiant fight by South Korean tollgate workers comes to a close, a worker who joined solidarity efforts from day one reflects on the struggle’s peaks, limits, and lessons for the road ahead.

Yong Deok Lee

February 25, 2020

Shattered Illusions: South Korea After the Fall of President Park Geun-Hye

Yeon Hong is a labor activist and member of the Militants for Workers’ Liberation (NoHeTu) based in Seoul, South Korea. This article was originally presented at the event, “Class Struggle in South Korea,” which took place on November 5 in New York City.

Yeon Hong

November 9, 2019

South Korean GM Workers Send Solidarity to Striking GM Workers in the U.S.

GM workers in South Korea are fighting for fair wages, the end of precarious employment, and the reinstatement of laid-off temporary workers.

Left Voice

September 27, 2019