Millions on the Streets of South Korea
This year, South Korea has been the setting of important struggles and widespread discontent with the government and effects of the global economic crisis. Millions of South Koreans have gone from rejecting Park’s labor reforms to demanding her resignation in recent weeks.
Jimena VergaraNovember 30, 2016
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 KwonDecember 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 VoiceAugust 17, 2015