Korea should honour its commitment to workers’ rights
The TUC has joined an international campaign in defence of trade unions in South Korea. When Korea joined the OECD in 1996 it made a commitment to reform its labour laws and meet international standards on workers’ rights. Fourteen years later, Korean laws still do not comply with international standards on protecting workers’ rights and Korea is one of the worst countries in the world for the repression of its workers, trade unions and people. The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has called on unions around the world to take action in their workplaces, streets, cyberspace and airways and visiting Korean embassies in solidarity with Korean workers as part of the campaign. To support this action, the ITUC and Global Union Federations have released a series of campaign resources, including posters, stickers, leaflets and a government briefing note. The action is aimed at the 11-12 November G20 summit in Seoul, when the eyes of the world will be on South Korea.