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South Korea: The Fight Against Labor Reform and State Repression

In South Korea on Wednesday, about 80,000 workers from 26 companies including Kia, Hyundai, and GM Korea went on strike. The strike was called for by the KCTU, a national confederation of trade unions, in response to the government’s labor market reforms, escalating repression, and the arrest of KCTU President Han Sang-Gyun less than a week ago.

Tre Kwon

December 17, 2015

We are Workers: South Korea’s Migrant ‘Machines’

In Seoul, South Korea, members and officers of the Migrants' Trade Union (MTU) enter day 22 of a sit-in protest at the Ministry of Labor to denounce local authorities' refusal to issue the union legal recognition just weeks after the Supreme Court affirmed unionization rights for all migrant workers. The following is a conversation with MTU President Udiya Rai, who discusses the MTU's current demands, the South Korean government's anti-migrant policies, the relationship between migrant workers and Korean labor, and more.

Left Voice

August 17, 2015