Friday, February 29, 2008

Right wing unionism

A few years ago it seemed that the FKTU was becoming a little more progressive, perhaps trying to cast off the image of the government-controlled union they used to be during the dictatorship era. They even held protests, and made joint declarations with the KCTU. Lately it seems that they've been drifting back rightward, well at least their national leadership, who recently declared their intention to not press for higher wages.

No wage demands, labor boss promises

February 29, 2008
The new head of the moderate Federation of Korean Trade Unions, one of the nation’s two large umbrella labor groups, surprised union members yesterday by saying he would not press employers for higher wages this year.

You can read the whole article here.

1 comment:

  1. People are scared. It doesn't look like the newspapers are giving Lee unconditional support, but the TV networks hang on his every word, and TVs are everywhere, subway trains, bus stations, restaurants ..