Phnom Penh: The Collective Union of Movement of Workers (CUMW), an independent professional organization working to protect the rights, freedoms and interests of workers and a member of IndustiALL, on May 24, 2023, emphasized its full support, Join with South Korean metallurgists for a protest march in South Korea scheduled for May 31 in Seoul.
CUMW president issued letter to express full support and solidarity with the South Korean worker against the blatant violations of workers’ right, which include recent attacks, judicial harassment, and interference against the legitimate activities of trade unions and the rights of working place in South Korea.
The CUMW’s letter said that “the Collective Union of Movement of Workers rallies behind you in your warning strike on 31 May when Korean metal workers’ union (KMWU)’s will put down tools for four house and to take to the street in Seoul and other regions to call on the YOON Suk Yeol government to cease the current attacks on labor rights and unions”.
CUMW condemn in the strongest possible terms the government's unjust intervention into unions, the abusive use of coercive power of the state against unions, using police, public prosecutors, and invoking national security to attack unions, push for retrogressive legal changes to undermine unions and their independence from the state.
Furthermore, the Collective Union of Movement of Workers demands that the government of South Korea follow the recommendations from the ILO, UN Treaty bodies, and the Expert Panel established as part of the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement and stop blocking any amendment to the Trade Union and Labour Relation Adjustment Act to bring it in line with international standards.