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Korea, Republic Of

PSI stands in solidarity with South Korean unions after government carries out punitive raids

Police raid on the KPTU offices

PSI condemns police raids on 6 and 21 November 2015 on the Korean Federation of Public Service and Transport workers’ Union (KPTU), which the government carried out in an attempt to discourage workers from standing up for their rights.

Climate change: Towards and Beyond COP21

08 October 2015

The solutions to the climate challenge require a substantive transformation of the current socio-economic development paradigm, including industrial change. This is not just about some technical changes to energy production or transport systems. What is required is a redefinition of the predominant model of production and consumption. We must give back to the state and public services their role in supporting our communities, and ensure that workers and trade unions are able to participate fully in all steps of this process.

PSI statement on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in Korea

19 June 2015
Korean unionists demonstrate against the government's lack of action on the MERS outbreak

The global trade union federation Public Services International (PSI), representing 20 million workers in 160 countries, expresses shock and outrage at the completely unacceptable response of the Government of Korea relative to the outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

Korea MERS outbreak: trade unions say Save people's lives, protect workers' safety

17 June 2015
Unionists demonstrate in Korea against Government inaction on MERS

The Korean Health and Medical Workers’ Union (KHMU) has monitored the government’s response to the MERS outbreak since the first MERS confirmed case on 20 May 2015. On 29 May, KHMU President Yoo visited the National Medical Center and announced that the government should set up a comprehensive action plan at the state level. KHMU formed a special taskforce team to monitor the situations associated with spread of the respiratory virus nationwide.

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

17 June 2015

PSI works in coalition with EI, ITUC, civil society partners, the ILO and others to influence the inter-governmental negotiations related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Financing for Development (FfD) arena.

Bohee CHOI, KPTU, Korea

Video: Precarious work situation of education support workers in Korea

08 June 2015

Bohee CHOI, KPTU, Korea

Korea: health staff confronted with MERS coronavirus demand government action plan

05 June 2015

Since Korea’s first confirmed patient with MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) coronavirus was reported on 20 May 2015, 25 more cases have been confirmed and two of them have died. On June 1, the Ministry of Health and Welfare revealed that the number of isolated people either at home or in medical institutions had sharply increased to 682.

Korea: over 100,000 workers join general strike on 24 April

27 April 2015
General strike rally, Seoul

On 24 April, more than a hundred thousand South Korean workers came out into the streets as part of the Korean Confederation of Trade Union’s general strike.

Korean education support, hospital workers on strike

23 April 2015
Korean workers demonstration

On April 24, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) is holding a general strike against the Park Geun-hye government and its anti-labour, anti-people policies.

Emergencies and Disasters

03 April 2015

PSI represents first responders and frontline workers. These are the people who put their lives at risk in order to protect and save your families. First responders include firefighters and emergency medical technicians, police and other uniformed services. They are also the frontline workers in hospitals and health clinics, in schools, in energy and water utilities; in public transport; in civil administration and in a range of other areas. All of us depend on these people being able to do their jobs, having the right tools and training.