Consulate General Ignored Protestors South Korean Union Suppression Sees No End
In solidarity with the brothers and sisters from South Korea, the HKCTU and members of the civil society in Hong Kong staged a demonstration at the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea today to protest against the arrest and imprisonment of union leaders.
Until now, two prominent members of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), namely former President Han Sang-gyun and former General Secretary are still imprisoned for their involvement in a mass rally organized by KCTU on 14 November, 2015 in protesting the Korean Government’s unilateral revision of the Labour Law. Brother Han was put on trial and sentenced to 3 years of imprisonment on 2016, while Sister Lee was arrested on December 2017 after she has terminated a two-year long self-imposed house arrest. Sister Lee is now waiting for trial.
On the opening day of the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games (9 Feb), some 40 members of the HKCTU and members of Hong Kong civil society took action to express our discontent against the union suppression in South Korea. However, the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea requested the Hong Kong Police to blockage the building in order to rebuff protesters from entering, nor would they send any representative to receive our petition. In consistent with their Government at home, the Consulate General refused to respect the rights of the workers, as they completely turned a blind eye to the voice of the workers. Although President Moon Jae-in has come into power for almost a year now, the attitude of Korean Government bureaucrats toward workers has not changed at all. The reception we received today, further reveals the business inclined nature of both Hong Kong and Korean Governments and the common challenges that labour movements in both places are encountering.
Despite the protestors burned the petition in anger at the end, our solidarity and struggle does not end here. In face of collusions between governments and corporates, more than ever do we need international solidarity to strengthen labour movements in various parts of the world. In future, we will continue to lend our support to our sisters and brothers in South Korea, and together we will fight for the justice and respect that workers rightfully deserve.
Long Live International Solidarity!!!