Korean union federations prepare for general strike

Submitted by Anon on 22 October, 2004 - 11:43

The two major union federations in Korea — the Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU) and the more militant Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) — have formed joint headquarters for a proposed general strike.

The joint industrial action is to:
- stop revision of labour laws concerning temporary workers,
- stop Korea-Japan free trade negotiations; and
- fight for basic union rights of civil servants.

The KCTU is to hold a strike ballot later this month for a general strike in November. It expects 100,000 workers from the Metal Union, Hyundai Motors and Kia Motors to participate.

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