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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.

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. 

4,000 Korean metalworkers protest against restructuring of world’s biggest shipbuilder

17 February, 2017Some 4,000 metalworkers rallied in front of the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea on the 15 February vowing to smash plans to restructure the world’s largest shipbuilding company. 

South Korean union leader Han Sang-gyun sentenced to three years in jail

14 December, 2016The president of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) was sentenced by the Seoul High Court for "leading a violent protest” in November last year.

Nicaragua: labour conflict criminalized as protesting workers found guilty

2 December, 2016In a case that sets a disturbing precedent, twelve workers have been found guilty on a range of charges after a labour conflict escalated in a free trade zone.