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11 February 2015

South Korea: Anti-McDonald's Protests In Korea Battle Low Wages, Unfair Working Conditions, Say Labor Activists

Author: Shuan Sim, International Business Times

... McDonald’s part-time workers in Korea earn a minimum hourly wage of 5,580 won ($5.10) per hour ... The protesters have also said that McDonald’s in Korea fills every restaurant position with temporary workers to cut costs, including administrative...

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26 August 2014

Concerns that AkzoNobel Powder Coatings Korea denied workers' right to collective bargaining

On 20 August 2014, IndustriAll reported that AkzoNobel Korea was failing to bargain in good faith with the IndustriAll affiliate Korean Chemical & Textiles Workers’ Federation (KCTF), which had reportedly organized 62 of the 115 employees at the c...

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Company non-response
1 April 2014

Hyundai Heavy Industries did not respond to: Hyundai re claims of labour rights abuses in So. Korea

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23 July 2013

Hyundai Files Police Complaint Against Clash Activists (So. Korea)

Author: Rose Kim, Bloomberg (USA)

Hyundai Motor...filed a police complaint against 13 activists it says led a violent clash at its biggest assembly plant that left 82 employees injured. The three-hour dispute...between activists from the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions...and...

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31 July 2012

Auto parts company investigated on allegations of having workers roughed up [South Korea]

Author: Um Ji-won & Heo Jae-hyun, Hankyoreh [South Korea]

Car parts manufacturer SJM is alleged by workers to have ordered personnel from the private security firm Contactus to violently break-up a sit-down strike at its factory...Police are investigating SJM on charges of ordering violence by privately...

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9 January 2012

Hyundai union threatens stoppages after worker self-immolation [So. Korea]

Author: Hyunjoo Jin, Reuters

The labor union of Hyundai Motor [part of Hyundai Kia Motor] has threatened to suspend all engine output in the company's biggest production base…saying an employee set himself on fire to protest the company's alleged "suppression" of unionized workers...

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18 July 2011

Samsung Everland fires union leader for leaking corporate information [So. Korea]

Author: Yonhap News [So. Korea]

Samsung Everland…said Monday that it has fired a worker for leaking sensitive corporate information less than a week after employees set up a trade union. The company, which is an affiliate of Samsung Group…said Cho Jang-hee, the vice chairman of the...

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13 July 2011

Samsung: labour challenge [So. Korea]

Author: Song Jung-a, Financial Times [blog]

Four employees at theme park operator Samsung Everland, the group’s de facto holding company, have formed the first pan-Samsung union, challenging the group’s policy of not allowing labour unions...Samsung is now the world’s largest technology company...

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23 April 2011

Union members targeted by companies for claims [So. Korea]

Author: Kim So-yon, Hankyoreh [So. Korea]

Workers are being progressively squeezed by compensation claims and provisional attachments from employers [for holding strikes]. The situation is reversing the gains made with an agreement reached eight years ago in which labor and management said...

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3 April 2003

Trade union victory in South Korea: release of union leader Dan Byung-Ho

Author: International Confederation of Free Trade Unions

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