Tag: KCTU

Release of Korean Trade Unionist Follows UAW Demands

Delegates to the UAW’s 38th Constitutional Convention sent messages of solidarity on postcards addressed to the prison in Seoul where Youn was being held. Members of the Korean Metal Workers’ Union who attended the UAW Convention as international guests brought the postcards back with them to South Korea upon their return home. The UAW celebrates the release of Youn Taeg-gun, First Vice-President of South Korea’s largest trade union confederation, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU). On August 5, 2022, the Seoul Central Municipal Court ruled that there was no legal justification to continue to hold Brother Youn. He was ... Read more

Sign the petition: Release Jailed Korean Trade Unionists #freehan

Since December 2015, Han Sang-gyun, President of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), has been incarcerated and KCTU General Secretary Lee Young-joo has been under house arrest.  The charges against both unionists relate to organizing a public protest against regressive labor law reforms put forth by the government of former South Korean President Park Gyun-hye.  For nearly two years, Han has been denied the right to sit down at the dinner table with his family.  He is permitted only five visits per month.  For Secretary Lee, her movements have been restricted to the KCTU headquarters.  Several other South Korean ... Read more