Korean unions achieved a breakthrough when President Park was ousted earlier this year, but as they continue to campaign for basic unions rights, global support is still needed.
President of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions Han Sang-gyun remains in prison. 15 August is a key date when Korean presidents sometimes grant pardons, and pressure must be kept up to ensure Han is pardoned.
IndustriALL Global Union is calling for continued support for the Korean unions. We urge you to take action as soon as possible and by the end of July to demand that KCTU President Han is pardoned, and also demand key reforms that will ensure Korean workers’ rights are respected.
There are a couple of ways you can take action:
- Send a protest letter (in English only). If you represent a trade union, please put it on your union’s letterhead, insert your union’s name in the first sentence, add a signature and send it to the email addresses listed at the top of the letter (including the email address for the Korean Embassy in your country, which can be found at http://www.mofa.go.kr/ENG/main/index.jsp.)
- Hold an action at a Korean embassy or consulate and deliver the attached protest letter. Make sure to send pics or video of the action to [email protected] to share.
We must send the message to the Korean government and national assembly that the world continues to demand respect for South Korean workers’ rights,
says IndustriALL General Secretary Valter Sanches.