‘Support the general strike of the cargo union’ and ‘encourage revision of the trade union law’…Confederation of Trade Unions Seoul/Busan Workers’ Convention’

On the afternoon of the 3rd, in front of the National Assembly building in Yeouido, Seoul, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) held a national workers’ meeting, supported the general strike of the cargo unions, and urged a revision of the labor. union law. Reporter Sehun Kim

The Korean Confederation of Democratic Trade Unions (KCTU) held rallies in Seoul and Busan, declaring support for the cargo unions’ general strike, and continuing their fight to revise the union law to restrict companies from claiming excessive compensation.

At 2:00 pm on the 3rd, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions held a national workers’ rally in front of the National Assembly in Yeouido, Seoul, urging ‘the victory of the general strike of the cargo union’, ‘stopping labor corruption’, ‘amending Articles 2 and 3 of the Trade Unions Act’ and ‘prevention of privatisation’. The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions condemned the government’s order to begin operations for the public transport union, the Cargo Union, as “unconstitutional.” Although the government defined the strike by the cargo union as a “political strike,” they expressed concern, saying it was “a perception that hates labor.”

Rally participants held up signs reading “Stop ordering to start working” and “Expand the safe freight rate system” and protested, “We can’t live like this, let’s stop the decline of labor,” “Cargo workers are workers too, ” and “Revision of Article 2 of the Trade Union Act.” shouted slogans Around 6,000 union members attended, according to the organizers, the rally held in Seoul. About 5,000 union members from the Yeongnam district gathered at the National Workers’ Convention held at the three-way junction of Busan New Port, one of the cargo union’s main hubs.

Yang Kyung-soo, chairman of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, said in his speech, “The current government and the ruling party consider the KCTU a thorn in the side and pour out hate speech.” It’s just a request not to put people’s lives in harm’s way through privatisation.”

Lee Bong-joo, chairman of the Cargo Solidarity Headquarters of the Public Transport Workers Union, said, “The government calls these workers ‘aristocratic workers’ even though they drive 14 hours a day and earn around 3 million win.” He continued, “The Fair Trade Commission says it will punish Unity Cargo Headquarters and Busan Regional Headquarters if it is not investigated.”

On the 6th, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions announced simultaneous general strikes and all-out struggles throughout the country to urge revision of the trade union law and declare support for the cargo union. He plans to hold rallies in 15 centers across the country by communicating with the Korea Cargo Unity regional headquarters. Six members of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions continue a hunger strike for the fourth day in front of the Yeouido National Assembly to revise the union law.

Rally participants will join the 2022 Democratic National Convention after the National Workers Convention at 3:00 pm.

In preparation for large-scale rallies on weekends, the police put up 62 billboards, including information about Yeoui-daero and Sejong-daero, and deployed about 310 traffic police officers and others.

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