Korea has been under trade union repression for many years.
Following the 14 November 2015 demonstrations, dozens of trade union leaders were detained and hundreds were under investigation. In relation to these protests, KCTU President, Mr. Han, Sang-gyun, and KPTU Vice President Mr. Cho Sung-Duk, were sentenced to 5 and 2 years’ imprisonment, respectively, in 2016.
The imposition of a discriminatory performance-related pay and termination system, as part of government attempt to further liberalise and privatise public services, prompted new protests. An international delegation made up of 10 representatives from PSI, ITF, and their affiliates travelled to the country on 26 September 2016 with the goal of supporting the Korean public sector workers’ strike.
The trade union movement has been demanding from the Korean government:
- To stop the unilateral enforcement of the performance-related pay and termination system
- To guarantee workers’ rights to collective bargaining and collective action
- To reinstate all workers suspended from their job positions
- To release all imprisoned workers