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Take Action: Call for the release of Han Sang Gyun

PSI is calling on all affiliates to join the renewed joint ITUC and GUF international campaign calling for the release of Han Sang-gyun and the withdrawal of the charges against Lee Young-joo, respectively former President and General Secretary of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU).

Send a letter of protest to President Moon and join the Day of Action on 9 February 2018.

Public workers of the world call for immediate release of detained Korean unionist Han Sang-gyun

03 November 2017
Hundreds of the world's top public sector union leaders have signed on to a petition urging the Korean government to release the imprisoned leader of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions.

Korean unions win Tripartite Cooperation

16 August 2017
KHMU met with employer and government representatives

Korean health unions are very satisfied with the new spirit of of tripartite social dialogue in the country, which on 12 July led to the signing of a collective agreement at Green hospital in Seoul to: increase staffing levels; create more jobs by fully implementing nursing/caregiving integrated services; create jobs by shortening working hours and regularize the employment of workers on contract jobs in hospitals.

Mission to Seoul

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29 August, 2017 to 31 August, 2017

PSI General Secretary, Rosa Pavanelli, will be visiting Seoul (South Korea) from 29-31 August. During the mission a series of meetings and activities will take place:

President Park is gone for good – and trade unions played a major role in making it happen

15 March 2017

The impeachment of Park Geun-hye, now former President of South Korea, is not only the culmination of a political scandal involving corruption. It is also a victory built by the trade union movement which, relentless, denounced for years the abuses against workers committed by her regime.

KHMU resolves to struggle for better health care and the candlelight revolution in Korea, at annual Congress

02 March 2017

The Korean Health and Medical Union (KHMU) held its 2017 Annual Congress on February 22-23 at the International Conference Hall of the Seoul Women’s Plaza. The meeting was attended by delegates from the 180 branches of KHMU, representing 50,000 members.

PSI Constitutional Meetings

27 February 2017

Violation of workers’ rights in Korea - general strike of 30 November

30 November 2016

Workers in Korea are facing difficult times. The rampant violation of trade union rights by the government include reprisals, dismissals and even the incarceration of trade union leaders and members. PSI, its affiliates, and other global union federations have been working throughout the year on many solidarity actions and campaigns to support them.

Stay strong, Korean public workers! Stop labour repression!

Trade unions in Korea are campaigning for the Park Geun-hye government’s proposed legislation for a discriminatory performance-related pay and termination system for public sector workers to be cancelled. They held a huge general strike and rally on 27 September and are now asking for international solidarity support.

Union mission delivers strong statement as it stands alongside Korean strikers

30 September 2016

A global union federation mission to South Korea has made a strong statement after standing alongside Korean public sector workers staging their largest strike in 20 years. Korean unions are fighting back against government plans for a performance-related pay and termination system that threatens public safety and public interest.