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[7.15] 大韓民國노동NEWS

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Workers at Hyundai Motor continued their strike on Friday over failed wage negotiations, while the union at Hyundai Heavy Industries joined for the first time this year...

 

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The strikes were impacted by a greater move from the umbrella Korean Metal Workers’ Union, of which Hyundai Motor and Hyundai Heavy Industries unions are both a part. The umbrella union held a rally in front of Hyundai Motor Group’s headquarters...

 

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..in southern Seoul on Friday(*). An estimated 30,000 union members participated...

 

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The rally included a bevy of other demands. They called for an end to the unfair trade terms between conglomerates and subsidiaries. They demanded a thorough investigation of former Chief Justice Yang Sung-tae, who is accused of influencing court decisions to curry favor with the previous administration. Some labor unions under the umbrella union had been affected by Yang’s rulings on cases involving companies like SsangYong Motor...

 

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Prior to the Korean Metal Workers’ Union rally, about 30,000 members from the Korean Construction Workers’ Union gathered in central Seoul on Thursday(**)...

 

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...to demand better labor laws for construction sites...(source: JoongAng Ilbo, 7.14)

* Related reports(incl. lots of pics) in Korean:

금속노동자, 자본의 심장을 뒤흔들다 (금속노동자, 7.14)
금속노조 12만 총파업…현대차 본사 진격 (잠세상, 7.13)
“사법 적폐세력 구속, 피해노동자 원상회복” (금속노동자, 7.14)
** More info in English you'll get here.

 

 

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민주노총 @'서울퀴어축제'

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[7.12] 大韓民國노동NEWS

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[7.11] 大韓民國노동NEWS

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드릴 말씀 없습니다..(#59)

Today's S. Korean JoongAng Ilbo wrote the following: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered North Korean leader Kim Jong-un the Vietnamese model of normalization of bilateral relations with Washington and economic prosperity... “In light of the once-unimaginable prosperity and partnership we have with Vietnam today, I have a message for [North Korean] Chairman Kim Jong-un,” said Pompeo at a business event at the Sofitel Metropole Hotel in Hanoi. “[U.S. President Donald] Trump believes your country can replicate this path. It’s yours if you’ll seize the moment … it can be your miracle in North Korea as well”...(more you can read here)

Two days earlier(7.08) Asia Times(HK) reported under the headline "A democratic revolution has just begun in Vietnam" about massive protests across the country hint at the beginning of the end of Communist Party rule... The demonstration in Ho Chi Minh City was the largest, with tens of thousands participating... protesters carried American flags and slogans such as “Down with communists"...

 

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[7.09] 大韓民國노동NEWS

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난민IN, 인종차별OUT!(#1)

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Under the headline Record number of [racist!!]Koreans sign anti-refugee petition Korea Times(7.06) reported that a record number of people have signed a petition on the presidential office website asking for tougher rules for granting refugee status... As of Friday morning, about 642,000 people had signed...

And today, only two days later...

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THAAD배치 결사반대(#94)

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[7.05] 大韓民國노동NEWS

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[7.04] 大韓民國노동NEWS

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Today's (bourgeois)Korea Herald reported the following: A group of conservative, elderly Koreans who are ardent supporters of former President Park Geun-hye attacked a memorial site of a late laid-off worker in central Seoul on Wednesday, calling mourners and other laid-off laborers “commies” and “germs,” among other names. “You are ruining our country, you are ruining our country,” an elderly Korean woman shouted at the mourners, waving a South Korean flag frantically. “This guy did not even die for our country. Why create such a fuss? Leave now! Leave now! Get out of our sight, commies!” said an elderly man wearing a military uniform...

 

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The late worker, Kim Ju-jung, took his own life last month after fighting for some nine years for re-employment at his former employer, Ssangyong Motors. He was one of some 2,600 workers who lost their jobs in 2009, after the automaker instigated massive layoffs in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis.

   Twenty-nine other Ssangyong laid-off workers and their family members have either taken their own lives or died of illnesses. A lot of the late workers were parents of young children.

   Following Kim’s death, his former colleagues set up a public memorial site...

 

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...in front of Deoksugung[palace] in central Seoul earlier this week, to pay tribute to Kim and others who have lost their lives since the massive layoffs in 2009.

   "We have been witnessing such barbarism and madness today," said Yang Kyung-soo, an official from the Minju-nochong[i.e. KCTU], a national trade union in South Korea, on being attacked for mourning the death of Kim.

   "We are only here to say we need to save lives, rather than letting people die. Over the course of nine years, 30 have died. And these deaths could've been avoided. I don't know why we have to endure such indignity just to say this."...

Deoksugung is a place of significance for laid-off Ssangyong workers. The first and temporary memorial site for the late workers was set up here in 2012... 

 

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...after 24 lost their lives due to extreme financial hardships and stress caused by long-term unemployment.

   Following Kim’s death last month, his former colleagues decided to move the memorial site back to Daehanmun, the main gate to Deoksugung in central Seoul, after five years, to raise awareness and protest against the government who they think is partially responsible for the 30 tragic deaths...

 

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Starting Tuesday afternoon/evening, the members of the conservative group both physically and verbally attacked the mourners and former colleagues of late Kim...

 

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Sometimes they would sing the national anthem loudly whenever mourners tried to make a speech in tribute to the late Kim using a microphone...

 

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As of Wednesday morning, one citizen and one labor activist were sent to a hospital after being hit by the conservative group members. A reporter was also physically attacked and his camera damaged. The violence continued through Wednesday afternoon, amid scorching hot weather... (more you can read here)

Related articles:

쌍용차 분향소 인권침해 심각…보수단체 공격, 부상 속출 (참세상, 7.04)
보수단체 욕설·폭력에 둘러싸인 대한문 앞 쌍용차 분향소 (민중의소리, 7.04)
"더 이상 죽어서는 안 되기에 이곳으로 왔다" (노동과 세계, 7.04)

 

 

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