25 Feb Korean Railway Workers strike again

19 February 2014

The Korean Railway Workers' Union (KRWU) staged a 23-day national strike against privatisation last December. Today the struggle continues as the leadership of the union remains in jail; criminal charges have been brought against 191 KRWU members; a lawsuit claiming damages worth 14.3 million USD has been filed against the union, and their bank account is frozen. These are all acts of retaliation by the government and the management, Korail, who are determined to push through planned privatisation programmes.

The KRWU will be holding a 24-hour strike from 9am on Tuesday 25 February 2014. After the rally in Seoul,a coalition of trade unions and civil society groups will be protesting to demand that quality public services and human union rights be fully respected in Korea.

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, said “The ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation) have done a great job in raising international awareness of the plight of our brothers and sisters in Korea. We all know how important it is to fight privatisation of the railways and attacks on workers’ rights.”

You can show your solidarity by sending messages of solidarity and photographs to the union’s Facebook page

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