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 FKTU President KIM Shaves Head to Show Firm Commitment,

Launching a Sit-in against Unilateral Labor Market Reforms

   

The Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU) has launched a sit-in in front of the National Assembly for indefinite period in order to block the government's unilateral move on labour market reforms.

   

The FKTU declared during a press conference on 13 July, "The government should immediately stop the retrogressive labour market reforms which only benefit business conglomerates or "chaebols". We are determined to fight back against the government with a general strike if it continues to push ahead with anti-labour moves."

   

KIM Dong-man, President of FKTU, stressed, "Our struggle is aiming to stop the government's pro-business and anti-labor policies such as easier dismissals, wage-cuts, unfavorable change of employment rules and expansion of precarious workers. Especially, our protest is also to defend fundamental workers's rights in non-union sectors who continue to suffer from unfair dismissals and wage cuts." He had his head shaved as an expression of a firm and resolute commitment to fight.

   

The participants of the press conference demanded the protection of fundamental workers' rights, the expansion of social safety nets, stricter requirements on lay-offs, the promotion of job security, wage peak system based on labour-management negotiations, reduced working hours and job sharing for creating jobs for youths, etc.

   

A large scale rallies are also planned on 22-23 July.

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