For some years the Korean government has tried to smash KFCITU-KCTU, the main Korean Construction union.
Most of their officials were jailed, some for months or years, for supporting illegal industrial action.
Now most of the union officials are free, but there is still much repression against construction workers in Korea. As we write this 13 KFCITU members are in jail for taking part in rallies against the Korean government.
The KFCITU is now involved in an important dispute, organising contractors. This has been opposed by the Korean government.
Construction dump truck drivers and ready-mix concrete drivers have joined the KFCITU. Construction companies and the Korean government have said this is illegal because the drivers are nominally self-employed and are not allowed to join a union and bargain collectively.
But actually the drivers are contractors. They have to paint their trucks in company colours, and must work according to company rates and at company times.
We must support the right of all construction workers to join unions.
We must defend the right of the KFCITU to organise without legal penalty or harassment.
Korean workers have a long and proud history of labour movement organising and international solidarity. Today they need our help.
The Korean Federation of Trade Unions (KCTU) and the Building and Wood Workers International (BWI) are supporting this campaign and ask for your solidarity.
The Korean drivers struggle is an important fight against the capitalist companies' attempt to de-unionise industries. All workers must have the right to join unions. The struggle of the KFCITU is important for all Korean workers and for all workers in the Asia Pacific region.
Support construction workers in Korea.
Release the jailed KFCITU members.
Defend the right to organise.
Send you solidarity messages to:
Yoo Ki Soo, Education & Policy Officer, KFCITU - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sin Seung Chul, General Secretary, KCTU - email@example.com
Anita Normark, General Secretary, BWI - firstname.lastname@example.org
KFCITU - kfcitu.org
KCTU - kctu.org
BWI - bwint.org