Migrant Trade Union facing a new hurdle in South Korea

Earlier in July, we reported the great news that the Supreme Court of South Korea had recognised the right for any migrant worker, whether legal or illegal, to join a union. This ruling was seen as a vindication of the Migrant Trade Union (MTU) who has organised migrant workers in South Korea for over a decade. Unfortunately, the Ministry of Employment and Labor has now declined to register the MTU as a union. Actions by labour activists against this latest move by the government are continuing with sit-ins, rallies and fundraising efforts.