This Day, How long is it that we have waited for
this moment.Today, we are at this moment, after
persevering so long in the long tunnel of darkness,
about to take the first step into the world of
Looking back, we, the government employees in
the civil service, have, for the last fifty odd
years, stood at the beckoning of the powerful
and the capital, to do as their bidding, meek
to receive whatever they gave.
In the eyes of the people, we were the lackeys
of the regime in power, object of anger and rebuke
as the agent of graft and corruption, and a tool
for the powerful in their machination to perpetuate
Every time of change in the government, we were
served up as the sacrificial lamb in the new government's
thrive for legitimacy, to suffer their sword of
Even while every group of people in the country
came forward to make their declaration and to
mobilise their energy to win back what is theirs
by justice, we remained submissive and silent,
trapped in the special status of power within
the state system.
Now we won't, however, do long remain retarded
in the history of submission.
The Korean Government Employees Union, which comes
solemnly out to the world despite all the obstruction
and repression, shall win back our legitimate
name as workers that has been taken away in the
past by the military dictatorial regimes, and
participate in the democratic labour movement
as workers, and take the first steps to contribute
to the development of history.
We shall rebuild the civil service, that has
been usurped by the powerful and the rich, on
proper foundations. We shall bring about the renewal
of the civil service, that has been tainted with
years of graft and corruption, from within, to
stand proudly as a responsible force for building
a country and society where common sense and justice
are restored to their rightful place.
So, we declare to the world, in the name of 900,000
workers in the civil service that Korean Government
Employees Union, that will join in the effort
to right the world and to stand the country in
the good stead, has been formed.
Korean Government Employees' Union