OECD to press for release of jailed Korean trade unionists
Concerned at the continuing current imprisonment of 200
Korean trade unionists, TUAC has called on OECD to press the Seoul government
for their immediate release.
In a note to the OECD, TUAC records satisfaction at
the legal recognition by the Korean authorities of the teachers' union Chunkyojo, through the passage of appropriate legislation on 6
But, recalling a recent Korean Federation of Trade Unions (FKTU)
statement reporting that 200 trade unionists are currently imprisoned,
TUAC comments "This flies in the face of the repeated concerns expressed
by the ELSA Committee and the OECD Council on the imprisonment of trade
unionists. It is not only a clear violation of fundamental
labour rights by an OECD Member country, but it is a major setback for
the tripartite process, which is so important to Korea's economic recovery
and social stability". It calls on the OECD to "insist that
the trade unionists held in prison in Korea for trade union activities
be released immediately".