South Korean class struggle intensifies

The transport workers strike that began earlier this week is holding firm against increasing repression from the government. In addition to this dispute, the railways and subway workers have been on strike since late last month. The length of these strikes, and the support they are receiving from other workers, is an indication of the anger that Korean workers have against a system that keeps piling the pressure in terms of higher workloads and declining living standards. Workers all around the world have demonstrated their solidarity to their Korean comrades, while the imprisoned KCTU leader, Han Sang Gyun, has received an international labour award. The outcome of these strikes will have a significant effect on Korean workers for years to come.