Thursday, January 9, 2014

Advisory: Labor groups to picket Korean embassy

January 9, 2014
Contact: Gerry Rivera @ 09165047751
Labor groups to picket Korean embassy
WHAT: Labor groups to hold picket in support of Korean workers
WHEN: Tomorrow, January 10, 10:30 am
WHERE: South Korean Embassy, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio
DETAILS: The Partido ng Manggagawa, Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (PALEA) and Alliance of Progressive Labor will hold the picket as a solidarity action for Korean workers. The picket is in coordination with a general strike in South Korea today.
The groups will also present a letter to the South Korean ambassador expressing their concern at the repression of Korean workers. Even as railway workers ended a month-long strike last December 31, the South Korean has continued to pursue criminal charges against union leaders and threatened dismissals against hundreds of members. Also the police raided the headquarters of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions at the height of the strike against rail privatization. “The peril to labor rights and conditions in one country is a disadvantage to the state of workers everywhere in this globalized world,” the groups assert.

            In the picket, the groups will demand (1) withdrawal of criminal charges against KRWU leaders; (2) withdrawal of damage suit against KRWU; (3) stop to the dismissals and disciplinary actions against KRWU members; (4) end to labor repression in the Republic of Korea; and (5) end to rail privatization. ###

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