A historic public sector general strike followed in September 2016, in defiance of increasingly aggressive labour reforms, specifically the imposition of performance-related pay in the public sector. In the largest public sector mobilization in their history, tens of thousands of workers across the public sector walked off the job on September 26, 2016. CUPE was there as part of an international delegation and stood with the workers in the streets of Seoul.
CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury said at the time, “The South Korean government attacks on trade unions, the public sector and the right to demonstrate are totally unacceptable. It is important for CUPE to be in South Korea and express our members’ solidarity with the public sector workers. Their fight for public services and democracy deserves our full support.”
Our commitment to building international solidarity with our sisters and brothers on the front line in South Korea is very important as we challenge neoliberal and anti-worker attacks.