Groups back repressed workers in Korea

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AN alliance of workers’ groups in the country on Thursday expressed their support to the railway workers of South Korea who held a strike against the privatization of train systems and to the workers’ national center, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU). On December 22, almost 5,000 police troops, including about 1,000 SWAT operatives, were deployed by the South Korean government to the KCTU’s national office to arrest the strike leaders. The police forces used tear gas and violence against the labor center’s supporters and arrested more than 100 from the latter’s ranks. “Trade-union repression anywhere is an act of war against the working class everywhere. We Filipino trade unionists condemn the arrest of South Korean railway workers and the attack on the headquarters of the KCTU,” Dave Diwa, president of the National Labor Union, said.

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