Union leader loses appeal in South Korea

On Wednesday this week, the Seoul High Court upheld the jailing of Han Sang gyun, the president of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) for the ‘crime’ of organising demonstrations. The court sentenced Han to 3 years' imprisonment with a fine, which is a reduced penalty from the one he received a few months back. Nevertheless, this once again shows the political nature of the legal attacks against the powerful South Korean workers’ movement. In light of the massive anti President Park mobilisations and her subsequent impeachment, this ruling shows that the Korean working class is still a force to be reckoned with but is facing hard battles ahead.