Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Union leader seeks protection in a temple following police raids

A Labourstart Appeal by Eric Lee

The South Korean government has declared war on the country's trade unions.

Those unions were engaged in peaceful protest against a proposed reform to the country's labour laws when police blocked their march, attacked them with water cannon, and arrested 51 union activists. One of the protestors hit by the water cannon remains in a coma.

Four days ago, the police raided eight offices of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) and its affiliates and regional branches. They confiscated computers, external hard drives, and meeting documents.

And they issued an arrest warrant for Han Sang-gyun, the KCTU president. He is now under the protection of the Jogyesa Temple, a Buddhist order.

The international labour movement, including the International Trade Union Confederation and global union federations have issued a call for a massive online protest campaign.

It is very important that we quickly mobilize thousands of trade unionists around the world to condemn this savage repression.

Please take a moment to send off your message to the Korean government:

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