South Korea braces for major strike on Wednesday

Washington Post
Tuesday, November 21, 2006; 2:03 AM

SEOUL (Reuters) - A major South Korean labor group has called for a
nationwide strike on Wednesday, aiming to bring hundreds of thousands of
workers onto the streets to protest over labor laws and a planned trade
deal, organizers said on Tuesday.

The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), one of the country's
biggest umbrella labor groups with 800,000 members, said it expects
200,000 people to jam Seoul and other cities.

Typically, crowds are often far below initial projections, but can
still be large enough to snarl traffic and sometimes spill over to rail
and transport workers, slowing commerce.

"The government has chosen to ignore our voices of concern. Therefore,
we believe we have no alternative but to proceed with our plan to launch
a fully-fledged strike," the group said in a statement.

The KCTU is seeking laws to protect non-unionized labor, a stop to
South Korea-U.S. talks on a bilateral free trade deal and reform of
occupational safety legislation.

The main strikers are likely to come from the automobile, steel and
chemical industries, organizers said.

The KCTU had a warning strike last week in front of parliament, where
several thousand members called on the government to revamp labor laws.

Public sympathy for large labor movements has been waning since the
strikes of a generation ago when unions took to the streets against
authoritarian governments.

Many in the country now see them as slowing productivity with frequent
strikes, making the economy less competitive than Asian rivals.
Total 19
No. Subject Name Regdate Hits
19 Report for the WTO General Council review of the Trade policies of Republic of Korea (Geneva, 19 and 21 September, 2012) [84] KCTU 2013.02.15 280975
18 NGO Statement on the case of Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction in Philippines [7] KCTU 2009.03.05 266349
17 AFL-CIO letter on KGEU [9] KCTU 2008.08.02 263168
16 ITUC Online : Korea : Anti-union repression continue [7] KCTU 2008.08.02 268138
15 ITUC Press : ITUC and TUAC express opposition to current Korea-United States free trade agreement [5] KCTU 2008.08.02 254299
13 The Road to an Undesirable Deal - Understanding the Kor-US FTA [8] KCTU 2007.02.22 270682
12 No to UN Security Council Sanctions against North Korea [5] KCTU 2006.11.27 258238
11 KCPT Statement On the Erection of Barbed Wire from November 9, 2006 [7] KCPT 2006.11.27 263682
10 (AFP) South Korean protesters plan day of strikes, street rallies [6] KCTU 2006.11.22 252114
» [Reuters] South Korea braces for major strike on Wednesday [6] KCTU 2006.11.22 266258
8 Joint Statement on Shwe Gas Development Project in Burma [7] KCTU 2006.11.18 263184
7 PSSP Statement on North Korea's Nuclear Test [5] PSSP 2006.11.10 255786
6 The Real Understanding of the KORUS FTA [62] KoA 2006.10.25 257094
5 [Statement] Stop KORUS FTA Right Now! [5] KoA 2006.10.24 267050
4 [Report of Minbyun] Situation of Civil and Political Rights in Republic of Korea [4] KCTU 2006.10.23 264278
3 FKTU paper on the KORUS FTA [7] KCTU 2006.08.02 258575
2 Down with the US-South Korea FTA and neoliberal globalization! [4] KCTU 2006.07.13 259123
1 [KoPA] WTO Strategy Paper from Korean Movements [12] KCTU 2003.08.14 281683
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