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Korean metalworkers fight Hyundai shipbuilding merger

15 May, 2019IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the Korean Metal Workers’ Union (KMWU) and civil society groups have joined forces to oppose the merger of Hyundai Heavy Industries with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering.

Samsung must engage with unions to improve safety

26 November, 2018Samsung Electronics must engage with unions to make safer workplaces, says IndustriALL Global Union after the company recently agreed to pay compensation to hundreds of workers who have contracted life-threatening diseases at its factories in South Korea.

Korean workers down tools in national strike for Chaebol reform

21 November, 2018Members of IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the Korean Metal Workers’ Union (KMWU) joined the KCTU general strike today calling for reform to chaebols and to labour laws.

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.

Korean union leader Han Sang-gyun released from prison

22 May, 2018On 21 May, the former president of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), Han Sang-gyun was released from prison.

South Korea: Prominent union leader Lee Young-joo detained after protest

9 January, 2018IndustriALL Global Union has written to the Korean government to protest the arrest of former Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) general secretary Lee Young-joo.

Korean union secures thousands of jobs for contract autoworkers

6 September, 2017With just a month to go before 7 October, when IndustriALL Global Union takes a stand against precarious work, we take a look at the epic battle fought by IndustriALL affiliate, the Korean Metal Workers’ Union (KMWU) at Hyundai Motor Company.

Korean unions need your support!

10 July, 2017Korean 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.

Korean metalworkers demand reforms and respect of their rights

30 May, 2017Three thousand members from Korean Metal Workers Union rallied on 24 May in front of the Korean National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, calling for the enactment of a chaebol reform bill, a special act on developing the manufacturing base”, and a bill to ban union busting, wrapping up a series of rallies throughout the country in support for these three reforms.

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.