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Date updated : 23-Nov-2015

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New police raids, more arrests - stop the Korean government's attacks on trade union rights!

The increasingly authoritarian government of Korean President Park Geun-hye is stepping up its attacks on trade unions and their rights. Two-hundred police raided the office of the KCTU Korean Public Service and Transport Workers' Union (KPTU) on November 6, seizing documents of the union's Cargo Truckers Solidarity Division (KPTU-TruckSol), whose members transporting products for the food company Pulmone are fighting for union recognition and safe working conditions. Only protests by union members and officers blocked the police from extending the raid to other KPTU offices and the union secretariat. Arrest warrants were also issued and TrucksSol members taken into custody on November 11.

On November 14, police attempted to arrest KCTU President Han Sang-gyun at a press conference prior to using water cannon and pepper spray to attack a mass demonstration in Seoul by unions, farmers and civic groups. The demonstration, the largest in Korea for many years, was organized to protest proposed labour legislation which would facilitate layoffs and expand precarious employment contracts and against the government's support for the destructive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

And on November 21 police raided 8 offices of the KCTU and its affiliates, seizing computers and documents. The IUF Korea office, located in the building which houses the KPTU, was also raided.

The government is attempting to silence democratic criticism and force through anti-union legislation and an unpopular trade deal by restricting basic trade union and democratic rights. USE THE FORM BELOW to send a message to the authorities protesting the police raids and arrests, demanding the government drop all charges against KCTU President Han Sang-gyun, the KPTU officers and members and all trade unionists targeted in the crackdown, drop the regressive labour law 'reform' and respect the rights to strike and to demonstrate.

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Dear President Park Geun-hye

I strongly condemn the November 6 police raid on on the offices of the KCTU Public Service and Transport Workers' Union (KPTU) and the issue of arrest warrants for union members and officers, the use of water cannon and pepper spray against demonstrators protesting new labour legislation and the Trans-Pacific Partnership on November 14 and the raid on KCTU offices on November 21. I call on your government to stop the police raids and arrests of union members and officers, drop all charges against KCTU President Han Sang-gyun and other KPTU and KCTU members and officers, abandon the harmful labour law 'reform' and respect the rights to strike and to demonstrate of trade unionists and all Korean citizens.

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