Monday, June 9, 2014

Tripartite Action to Protect the Rights of Migrants Workers within and from the Greater Mekong Sub-region

Sacked NXP unionists in the Philippines continue their fight

As previously reported, it’s been almost a month since the global company NXP Semiconductors sacked 24 unionists in an attempt to destroy the union in the middle of enterprise negotiations. The workers have not been silenced and there have been continual actions and protests, both in the Philippines and around the world. For updates and solidarity, click here.


Thai Labour and human rights activists continue to defy military junta

Protests against the military coup in Thailand continue to be held in the country despite ongoing repression by the military. The military is now starting to crack down on the activists who have taken the lead in organising the most recent protests. Workers are also starting to push back against the junta. In another worrying development, the military junta has started to name people under the draconian Article 12 (Lese Majeste law) which carries penalties of up to 15 years in jail. Solidarity protests continue around the world. Click here for photos and report backs.

Korean government repression continues even after death

The situation for workers in South Korea is becoming intolerable with recent suicides of two unionists due to unbearable working conditions. The two workers were Gi-seung Jin, a member of the KPTU Northern Jeolla Bus Branch in Jeonju City Sinseong Yeogaek Chapter (Jeonju City) and Ho-seok Yeom, the chair of the local Samsung Electronics Service union. In an unprecedented move, police stormed the morgue where Ho-seok’s body was stored, beat up the mourners, stole the body and cremated it so that his body could not be commemorated by his co-workers. Meanwhile, workers and families wanting justice for the Sewol ferry disaster were attacked by police and unionists arrested, including Yoo Ki-soo, General Secretary of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU).
Organising is not a crime
Stop the repression against workers
Release Mr Yoo Ki-soo