Tell Parks to Free Jailed Union Actvists Now

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Next Tuesday marks the end of the first year in office for South Korea's President Park, Geun-hye.

On that day, South Korea's trade union confederation (the KCTU) will be holding a nationwide "people's strike" together with broader social movements including organisations of peasants, the urban poor, small shop keepers, students, and youth.

They'll be marching under the slogan "After one year under Park's Government, we cannot stand it anymore!"


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FREE 23, Cambodia

 

The court hearing on the 23 arrested workers and activists will be held on 11th of Feb, 2014. Charges against them are intentional violence with aggravating circumstances. There will be serious court case against Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers' Democratic Union (C.CAWDU): over 170 company filed cases against C.CAWDU regarding property damage, compromising public security, inciting people to engage in criminal activity, etc during the crackdown on 2-3 January 2014. (Sample protest letter)


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FIGHT ON FOR 147 MARUTI SUZUKI WORKERS LANGUISHING IN JAIL

On 31st January 2014, Maruti Suzuki Workers, their family members, students and social activists organised a huge demonstration at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi. 
 

This demonstration was an end of Padyatra (foot journey), which had started on 15 January 2014 from Kaithal district in Haryana, under the banner of Maruti Suzuki Workers Union. The demonstration at Jantar-Mantar was well attended by over 2000 participants, who demanded the following actions 
• Immediate release of 147 workers, detained in jail since July 2012
• Reinstating of 2300 suspended workers
• Set up a judicial inquiry to investigate the incident that happened on 18 July 2012, causing the death of Mr. Avinish Kumar, HR Director, Maruti Suzuki, Manesar Plant, India. 


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Korean Police Attempt to Arrest the KRWU President In The Middle Of Press Conference

Photo KCTU Press Conference 14th Jan 2014

KRWU leadership will go to police for questioning today. At a press conference on the 14th January the KCTU, KPTU and KRWU stress the legitimacy of strike and need for dialogue on rail policy and the need to continue the struggle.

KCTU Rally 2- 140114KCTU Rally 3 - 140114

 Not even and hour after the press conference plans for KRWU president to turn himself into the police was cancelled due to the police's violent attempt to obstruct the rally in front of the KCTU office at the time of the press conference in an attempt to arrest the General sectetary of the KRWU. KRWU first vice president and the General Secretary remains in the Jogye temple. As a result of the continued repression the President did turn himself into police in yongsan.

 


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