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We were shocked to hear the news that a woman worker has been holding a sit-in struggle for
more than 150 days asking for the punishment of those offenders who sexually harassed her and
reinstatement of her. We can’t understand why she was unfairly dismissed, despite being a victim
of sexual harassment. And we are deeply concerned that this case has a bad effect on the women
workers’ rights in Korea.
Many of women workers are sexually harassed at the work places. But it calls for great courage
to expose their problem. Especially, it is even harder for those women workers who working at a
subcontractor because of their precarious employment. So if a woman worker reveals her problem,
the company has to protect her and solve the problem immediately. But Ms. Park was dismissed just
because she made her suffering known to her colleagues. Another shocking fact is that the offender
is still working at the same factory. We know that the National Human Rights Commission judged
her case definitely constituted a sexual harassment and urged the employer and offenders should
compensate her for damage. If they keep avoiding their responsibility, Hyundai Motor has to punish
them and reinstate Ms. Park, using its position as a prime contractor. But we came across a report that
Hyundai Motor distributed an official paper to condemn her not to save her.
We regret that Ms. Park has no choice but to keep her sit-in in front of the Ministry of Gender
Equality and Family, because the ministries and companies who should take the responsibility do not
come on her side, avoiding their responsibility.
We urge them as below
To Hyundai Motors
-Apologize to her for secondary harassment, by mentioning and condemning her privacy.
-Punish offenders and reinstate Ms. Park to her work.
To Hyungjin Company
-Punish offenders and reinstate Ms. Park immediately.
To the Ministry of Employment and Labor and the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family
-Demand strongly to Hyundai Motors to take an action and solve this problem promptly.
-Take preventive and counter measures for women workers not to be unfairly dismissed on the
account of exposing sexual harassment.
-WGNRR (Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights)
-Asian Pacific Workers Solidarity Links
-Nodutdol for Korean Community Development
-Sahgnnoksoo (Seattle, Washington)
-Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment-GABRIELA USA
-New Socialist Initiative India
-Center for Workers Education
-Women Workers Lead
-Stree Mukti Sangathan, India
-EILER, Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research
-Workers Assistance Center
-GEFONT, General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions
-Qingdao Workers Hotline
-Labour Action China
-AMRC, Asian Monitor Resource Center
-ATNC, Asian TNC Monitoring Network
-National Free Trade Union
-Thai Labour Campaign
-Serve the People Association
-Anisur Rahman Khan
-Change to Win
-SIPAM (Salud Intergral para la Mujer)
-Leonor Aída, REDGE (Red Genero y Economia)
-New Socialist Initiative India, Bonojit Hussain
-Irma Bajar, Chairperson, Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment-GABRIELA USA
-Precy Dagooc, General Secretary, MAKABAYAN
-Christian Kar l
-Suk jong Hong, Mi shi Cho
Today in Hong Kong we conducted the ATNC Joint Day of Action against trade union repression in Asia – focusing on the South Korean Consulate and the Philippines Consulate.
In the South Korean Consulate where we went first, the Consulate office was shut down, security gate pulled down…but Consul-General Jun came out to listen to us. We spoke about the shame of an ILO and OECD member so systematic robbing workers of trade union rights, including stopping workers from forming unions, regarding press conferences as illegal, mass arrests and disciplinary measures against legitimate unions and strikes, such as by the Korean Teachers Union.
We condemned Samsung Corporation as one of the worst, with its ‘no-union policy’. We demanded justice and compensation for the victims of Samsung semiconductor factories who died or are ill from working at Samsung. We demanded justice for the dead leukemia victims like Hwang Yu-mi, who died at the young age of only 22 years, after working at Samsung just two years, cleaning wafers at Samsung Semiconductor.
SEE HERE FOR VIDEO “Workers in Samsung” (ENGLISH/CHINESE) –http://dotsub.com/view/user/workersinsamsun
We also condemned the Korean government for its inhumane crackdown on migrant workers in Korea. Furthermore the Korean Consulate in Hong Kong also shows disregard for migrant rights in Hong Kong – when Hong Kong people travel to Korea with their domestic workers, the Korean Consulate sends them a LETTER which says that it is ‘strongly recommended’ to HOLD the passport of the domestic worker to prevent becoming an undocumented migrant worker in Korea. This is illegal in Hong Kong yet the Korean Consulate itself issues letters to advise people to do so.
Consul-General Jun listened to us from the beginning and received our letter and said he would convey our message to his government and try to protect workers’ rights including migrant rights.
At the Philippines Consulate, we received a much less diplomatic reception. Through the police escort, the Consulate repeatedly tried to make us meet their representative at a location far from the Consulate.
Finally we went up but the Philippine Consulate was also shut down – door closed, security gates pulled down. We were told the Consul General Claro Cristobal was not present then, and nobody would come to receive our letter if we stayed. However we stayed to let all those who were there, about the extrajudicial killings, the use of ‘assumption of jurisidiction’ to justify use of police and military against workers simply trying to defend their rights or to strike….We expressed our strong solidarity with the workers of Nestle and Toyota, who have been striking so many years to demand their legal rights to collective bargaining and recognition – our sorrow for the two dead union leaders of Nestle who had been killed and our outrage.
Dolores Balladares of Asian Migrant Coordinating Body also spoke in Tagalog to the Filiipina migrant workers present, expressing that we all were assembled to show solidarity with Filipino workers, and that the Phlippines government was doing nothing while workers of Nestle and Toyota and many other workplaces are being threatened, beaten and even killed. She further condemned the Consulate for closing down and stopping services to migrant Filipina workers, simply to stop us from having our chance to raise our legitimate grievances!
Finally one staff came and collected our letter to pass to the Consul-General.
The groups who joined included: Asia Monitor Resource Centre, HK Confederation of Trade Unions, Globalization Monitor, Asian Migrant Coordinating Body, International League of People’s Struggles, Asian Students Assocation, Asian Human Rights Commission, Interfaith Coooperation Forum, and Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants. About 25 of us were there…
THANKS to everyone…. and we hope this is the beginning of further solidarity and cooperation among all concerned groups and individuals until workers in Asia are free to unite for their share in decision-making in the economy and workplace, without being repressed and attacked!
NO MORE TRADE UNION REPRESSION IN ASIA!!
Solidarity to workers in South Korea! To those struggling against union-busting Samsung!
Solidarity to workers in Philippines! To the persevering workers at Nestle, Toyota and many other workplaces!
Solidarity to all workers in Asia – we will keep building up our voices and our strength!