Services International - Korea Council
PSI-KC held its monthly executive committee meeting at KGEU office on March 13.
Following is a brief report of the meeting including trends and union activities
in the public sector.
Federation of Korean Public Trade Unions (FKPU)
federation took part in the FKTU's Women Workers' Rally at a university
conference hall in Seoul
in commemoration of the 99th International Women's Day on March 8. The FKPU also
launched the campaign, "getting clean water is one of basic human rights" during
the rally in accordance with PSI's Water, Women and Workers Campaign.
the FKPU is planning to hold a daily rally from March 29 in front of Ministry of
Planning and Budget. The main slogans of the rally will be abolition of
government directive on budget compilation, no to government manipulation on
public corporation through management evaluation system and withdrawal of
arbitrary introduction of the retirement pension fund.
April 9 to 14, the FPETU from Mongolia
will visit Korea
to conclude the MOU with the FKPU on exchange programme, which started in 2006.
Federation of Public Services & Transportation Workers'
Korean Public & Social Service Workers' Union (KPSU), a newly formed
industrial union in the federation, elected its leadership through a general
vote in which more than 25,000 members participated recording 81.63% of voting
rate. The president elect Bro. LEE Young Won and Director General elect Bro. KIM
Myoung Cheol won 66.7% of the vote. The vice presidents will be elected in the
end of March by union delegates.
federation is planning to hold a national congress in the end of April, at which
the KPTU is expected to elect the president of the federation. The former KPSU
(federation) and other federations of freight, bus and taxi workers have been
consolidated into the Korean Federation of Public Service & Transportation
Workers' Union (KPTU) since January
Korean Government Employees' Union
KGEU joined the National Women's Rally at the public square in front of the
Seoul Station in commemoration of the 99th International Women's Day on March 8,
coorganised by the KCTU, the Korean Women Peasants Association (KWPA) and the
Korean Democratic Labor Party (KDLP). The main slogans of the rally were
abolition of discrimination against irregular workers, realisation of
substantial minimum wage, strengthening of maternity protection, guarantee of
women peasants' legal status, no to Kor-US FTA negotiation, and opposition to
March 6, the National Assembly passed a bill of ¡°the Act on Establishment and
Operations of National University Corporate Ulsan University of Science and
Technology¡±. The KGEU stated that the corporatisation of national universities
is part of serious attacks on public services without any consensus and that it
would cause deterioration of public education and democracy in universities,
structural adjustment of the staff and soaring of tuition fees. The KGEU will
fight back the wave of corporatization of national universities with other trade
unions and civic organisations. In 2005, the KGEU, the Korean University
Workers' Union (KUWU) and the Korean Professors' Union (KPU) etc formed a
coalition to stop corporatisation of national universities and to strengthen
the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs (MOGAHA) issued
another directive on "Promoting the Transformation and Legalisation of Illegal
Organisations in order to Establish a Sound Public Officials Industrial
Relations" on March
The ministry warns local governments that re-used KGEU offices should be closed
down by March
under responsibility of mayors or governors. Moreover, the ministry demands
local governments to 'guide' KGEU members to withdraw from illegal organisations
and to join legal ones instead, to discipline again those reinstated, and to
'recommend' the stop to payment of membership dues to the KGEU by cancellation
of individual cash management system (CMS).
Korean Health & Medical Workers' Union
union held the annual congress on March 8 to confirm its 2007 activity plan and
budget. The 6 major activities of the union in 2007 will be as follows; 1/
Organising irregular workers, 2/ Guarantee of basic labour rights, 3/ Impediment
of Worsening of Medical Service Act, Kor-US FTA negotiations and
introduction of profit-oriented hospitals, 4/ Winning of industrial collective
bargaining, 5/ Empowerment of the union as an industrial union, 6/ Strengthening
of solidarity activities. The union will hold another congress in April to
confirm the 2007 collective bargaining draft.
delegation from the Federation of Hospital Workers' Unions in
visited the KHMWU for exchange programme and also participated in the congress
in March 8. Most members of the federation are irregular workers suffering from
serious discrimination in job security and wages. Of 150 thousand workers at
national hospitals in Thailand,
80 thousands are irregular workers.
Korean National Electrical Workers Union
January, the Solidarity Network of Trade Unions in Electricity Industry, in
which 9 unions including the KNEWU are taking part, formed the preparation
committee to establish an industrial union in electricity industry. The
committee is expected to propose a concrete draft for an industrial union based
on the consensus among the 9 unions by the end of 2007. If the draft is
confirmed by the unions, a single industrial union in electricity industry is
expected to be established by 2009.
Action against labour repression and political killings in the
PSI-KC also decided to organise a solidarity action against labour repression
and political killings in the Philippines.
The PSI-KC will organise a protest rally in front of the Philippines Embassy in
and deliver protest letters to the embassy. At the same time, the affiliates
decided to get more members involved and aware of the situation in the
by organizing campaigns including sending protest letters to the
government and one-person demonstration in front of the embassy.