URGENT: Solidarity demos with Korean General Strike

Aaron (aaron@burn.ucsd.edu)
Thu, 9 Jan 1997 05:29:50 -0800


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>Even if you can't attend either demonstration,<
>please take a look at the information below.<

IN response to a call by the KOREAN CONFEDERATION of TRADE UNIONS

There will be D E M O N S T R A T I O N S In * LOS ANGELES * and * SAN FRANCISCO *

* F R I D A Y at N O O N * (Jan. 10)

in * S O L I D A R I T Y * with the * G E N E R A L S T R I K E * in S O U T H K O R E A.

LOS ANGELES: Korean Consulate General 3243 Wilshire Blvd. (NW Corner Of Wilshire & Vermont) Info: Korean Immigrant Workers Advocates Tae Hui Kim (213)738-9050

SAN FRANCISCO: Korean Consulate 3500 Clay St. (NW Corner Of Clay And Laurel Near Presidio) Info: Labor Video Project (415)282-1908 Email: Lvpsf@labornet.org

The following is excerpted from a letter to the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions and diverse national and international union organizations:

Date: Tue, 07 Jan 1997 00:08:36 +0900 [7am Monday, January 6, Pacific Time] From: KCTU-International <kctuint@chollian.dacom.co.kr>

The general strike of Korean workers, led by the KCTU and FKTU, in defense of the trade union and labour rights and the welfare of workers, [began on] December 26... I write at a time when the government has began to take steps to come down on the striking workers and unions with harsh crackdown and arrest. This is clearly seen in the summons issued by the public prosecutors to some 40 union leaders including 8 KCTU officers. If there ever were an opportunity for international solidarity to have a real impact and influence on a situation, I believe, this is the most appropriate time. ... We would also like to request ICFTU to call on all its affiliates to ... hold public rallies/pickets (of whatever size) outside the Korea diplomatic missions. We believe the impact of such a solidarity action can be maximised if it is held on the same day. So we suggest that this may be done on January 10, 1997, as much as possible. This will magnify the international outcry against the undemocratic action of the Korean government which is already well reflected in the international media coverage, adding greater pressure on the Korean government. The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions will, we assure you, will maintain our struggle until the government makes an official commitment to reopen the parliamentary discussions involving the trade union representatives for a re-amendment of the labour law. This is the minimum demand we have set forward against the new labour law which was passed in an undemocratic manner and which contains various pernicious clauses that are aimed to set back the clock on both the working conditions and trade union rights.

(signed) Kwon Young-kil President, Korean Confederation of Trade Unions

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For lots of info on the strike, check out: <http://kpd.sing-kr.org/strike/index-e.html>. If that is unreachable, go to: <http://www.igc.org/igc/labornet/aa/97010828828/aa4.html>

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