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Korean union leader Lee Young-joo released!

14 June, 2018Sister Lee Young-joo, former general secretary of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, has been released from prison on suspended sentence on the morning of 14 June 2018. She has spent almost six months in the Seoul Detention Centre.

IndustriALL Global Union Congress supports struggle against South Korean government’s crackdown on unions

7 October, 2016On 7 October, IndustriALL 2nd Congress adopted a solidarity resolution calling for an end to the South Korean government’s vicious attack on workers’ rights and democracy by weakening labour legislation, criminalizing protest and imprisoning trade union leaders.

Hyundai: stop union busting at your suppliers

23 June, 2016Friday 24 June marks 100 days since 41-year-old Han Kwang-ho (pictured), a union organizer at a Hyundai auto part supplier in South Korea, took his own life.

Strong exchange and cooperation among Asian chemical unions

15 September, 2016IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in the chemical industry in the Asia Pacific region maintain their unity through strong union networks.

Support Amnesty International campaign for jailed Korean trade union leader

18 March, 2014Korean trade union leader and human rights defender Kim Jungwoo risks receiving a further prison sentence at an appeal hearing on 4 April. In jail since June 2013 for protesting in support of dismissed workers and their families, fears are mounting that he will be given a heavier sentence by Seoul High Court as part of a continued crackdown on trade unionists.

One worker a month dying at world’s biggest shipbuilder

12 November, 2015Trade unionists from Korea will be at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva from 16 – 18 November to sound the alarm on a growing number of fatalities at the world’s biggest shipbuilder, Hyundai Heavy Industries Group (HHI).

Korea: victory for unions as President Park is ousted

10 March, 2017IndustriALL Global Union’s affiliates in South Korea today welcomed a decision by the Constitutional Court to oust President Park Geun-hye over her role in a corruption scandal. 

Wave of support as Korean workers prepare for general strike

24 November, 2016Global days of action in support of the general strike in Korea, on 30 November, continue around the world. IndustriALL Global Union affiliates are taking action in a collective effort to show the world that they will not accept the increasing attacks on workers’ rights in South Korea.

Jailed Korean trade unionist Han Sang Gyun receives FNV award

11 May, 2017Han Sang Gyun, president of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), was awarded the Febe Velasquez trade union rights award at the Congress of the Dutch trade union confederation the FNV.

Akzo Nobel must end flagrant violations of trade union rights at South Korea plant

27 August, 2015IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the Korea Chemical & Textile Workers’ Federation (KCTF), is fighting back against management at an Akzo Nobel plant in South Korea as labour relations are steadily worsening, and have even resulted in violence against workers. IndustriALL is calling on the Dutch chemical giant to intervene to stop the blatant violations of trade union rights.