Korean government rejects KGEU registration for fourth time

05 August 2013
Korean demonstrator with message on back
Despite hopes for a positive end to the Korean Government Employees Union's campaign for government recognition, on 2 August 2013, the government returned the application and again denied registration, stating that the constitution could still be interpreted to allow dismissed workers to retain membership.

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has sent a request for urgent intervention to ILO Director General Guy Ryder.

Regardless as to whether the constitution could be so interpreted, the ILO’s Committee on Freedom of Association has made it clear in this case, as well as with the case of the Korean Teachers' Union, that the fact that a union is constitutionally authorised to include dismissed workers as members is not a legitimate reason to reject the union’s registration.

PSI will continue to support the KGEU in its struggle. Further solidarity actions are being prepared and will be announced shortly.

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