To: Mr Joseph S. Blatter
President, FIFA
From: Ulsan Branch, Korean Confederation of Trade Unions(KCTU)

March 27th, 2007


Dear Mr. Blatter,

  The Ulsan Branch of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions(KCTU) expresses its deep concern at the violation of human rights and labor repression that has taken place at the Ulsan College, where FIFA vice-president Mr. Jung Mong-Joon is currently serving as the chairperson of the board of trustees.

  On the 7th of March this year, in the dressing room at the basement of the main building of Ulsan College, the body where FIFA vice-president Jung Mong-Joon is the chairperson of the board of trustees, dozens of school staff collectively attacked and beat workers who had been peacefully calling for an end to trade union repression, a retraction of layoffs, and a guarantee of continued employment. These workers were all women and of irregular employment status. Many were injured as a result of the attack, and there were cases of injured ribs requiring 8 weeks of treatment, as well as horrible instances of hair being pulled out in batches and bare feet being stomped on with army boots. Furthermore, school staff and the people hired by them even attacked the women workers who had taken off their clothes as a form of resistance against the beatings. The only reason that these 8 female janitors, subcontract workers of irregular status and all between the ages 50 and 60, were beaten was that they had called for 'the rights to join a union, provision of lunch, and compliance with the minimum wage.' We attach the link to video footage of the violence that has taken place against workers at the college where Vice President Jung Mong-Joon is currently the chairperson of the board of trustees. At this link are also shocking photos of the violence and injuries that was inflicted by the staff at this college.  

  The brutal repression and blatant violation of human rights that has taken place at the institution where Mr Jung Mong-Joon is the chairperson of the board of trustees, is not only a reflection of the shameful state of labor rights in our country, but it also has led to strong protests and expressions of concern from labor and human rights groups. An organization of professors called the National Association of Professors for a Democratic Society have made public a statement that criticizes vice-president Jung, and also the professors and staff at Ulsan College. A wide array of women's groups, human rights organizations, and student bodies have also continuously denounced the repression at Ulsan College. Professor Vladimir Tikhonov(Korean name is Park No-Ja) at the University of Oslo, Norway, has also strongly criticized vice-president Jung Mong-Joon in an open letter. A demonstration in front of the Korean Football Association office is also being planned.

  Due to the immorality of vice-president Jung and the atrocious actions taken by people at an institution that he plays a vital role in, an organization that is the heart of world football is facing the strong protests of many workers in Korea, and many are starting to question the standing of the international organization. We hope that the weight and prestige of the organization, which many people including yourself have worked for decades to build, does not take a hit from the people of our country and especially from the workers who have shown such affection for the sport. The Ulsan Branch of the KCTU would like to urge you and FIFA as a whole to take the necessary steps for vice-president Jung to enter negotiations to end the current stand-off at Ulsan College, and to end union repression and the human rights violations of these women workers.

  Mr. Blatter, we do not believe that FIFA, nor any of it's constituent bodies or members, would disregard the plight of these ageing women workers who cannot back down any further. We hope that you and your organization can reaffirm the trust and standing that it has built over decades, and confirm that human rights is an integral part of the organization's principles. We look forward to your response.


<Video Footage of the violence on the 7th of March at Ulsan College>
http://nodongnews.or.kr/board/view_board.asp?stype=mov&no=250&ref=250&page=1&depth=0&step=0&forumname=board&menu=

(Pictures of the violence on the 7th of March at Ulsan College>
http://www.ulsannodong.org/
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