職工盟聲援南韓鐵路工人反私有化抗爭
要求南韓政府停止打壓工會 釋放所有被捕工會領袖

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職工盟及勞工團體約十多名代表,今早到南韓駐港領事館示威,譴責南韓政府以暴力南韓鐵路工會Korean Railway Workers’ Union (KRWU)的罷工權利以及拘捕工會領袖。南韓領事起初拒絕接信,而請願人士打算把信件貼在領事館門外時卻遭到職員粗暴阻撓,南韓副領事更推撞請願人士。

 

南韓鐵路工會抗議南韓政府推行鐵路私有化,從12月9日開始罷工。12月22日南韓警方展開驅離,大批警力出動,使用胡椒噴霧驅趕示威者,並衝撞示威群眾,並攻入南韓民主勞總(Korean Confederation of Trade Union) 大樓,逮捕工會領袖及工人。

 

職工盟支持南韓鐵路會以罷反對私有化的抗爭。南韓鐵路公司(Korail)計劃設立子公司水西(KTX),讓其營運從首爾江南區水西站發車的高速鐵路,Korail在KTX只是佔有41%的股權。南韓鐵路工會指出設立KTX子公司就是私有化的舉動,並不相信政府所聲稱的沒有鐵路私有化計劃。南韓鐵路工人的抗爭為了不單止是個勞福利,更捍衛全國民的整體利益。許多在香港或者其他國家例子,公共事業私有化只是為大財團增加潤對工人和一般大眾帶來的均是負面後果,待遇轉差服務收費增加。國際職工會聯盟和國際交通運輸工會聯盟也強烈支持南韓鐵路工人的罷工。

 

自南韓工會發起罷工以來,南韓政府及鐵路公司,並沒有釋出誠意跟工會談判,反而透過各種手段打壓工會,南韓政府抹黑鐵路工人非法罷工,而鐵路公司則以臨時工取代罷工的工人,罔顧鐵路運作安全,亦向186名工會代表追討賠償共77億韓圓。職工盟認為南韓鐵路工會合理地行使其罷工權,強烈抗議南韓政府的打壓手段。更令人震怒的是12月22日,政府派動員過百名防暴警察強行進入南韓民主勞總的大樓拘捕發動罷工的鐵路工會領袖,期間造成了過百人受傷。據南韓民主勞總的消息,現在已經有130名工會領袖﹑會員及支持者被捕,此舉不單止侵犯了工會權利,更是踐踏人權。國際工會也強烈譴責南韓政府違反國際勞工標準及承諾。

 

職工盟向南韓領事館遞交請願信,要求南韓政府:

 

1. 立即釋放被捕工會領袖
2. 停止打壓工會和罷工工人
3. 與鐵路工會和平談判,停止鐵路私有化

 

 

Supporting the Korean railway workers’ right to strike against privatization;
Calling on the Korean Government to stop persecuting trade unions and release all arrested unionists!

 

     

 

On December 24, representatives from HKCTU and labour organizations (AMRC, Globalization Monitor, AMCB, IMW-HK) staged a demonstration at the Korean Consulate-General in Hong Kong, to protest against the Korean Government's recent suppression of the strike of Korean Railway Workers’ Union (KRWU) and arrest of unionists. The Korean Consulate refused to take the protest letter at first and the vice Consulate pushed one protester from HKCTU backward when they tried to put the letter at the door.

 

The KRWU had been striking since December 9 to fight against the government’s proposal to privatize the Korean rail company Korail. Yet instead of respecting the strike, on December 22, the Korean government sent hundreds of riot police to raid the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU)'s headquarters in Seoul, injuring hundreds due to the use of pepper spray and violence. 130 people including strikers, union leaders and supporters, were arrested.

 

HKCTU supported the KRWU’s strike against the privatization of the national railway. Korail had planned to set up a new subsidiary for bullet train operations, KTX, in which would take a 41% share, with the rest of funds only purchasable by public corporations. The KRWU pointed out that creating a new subsidiary was a move towards privatization and did not believe the verbal promise of the government not to privatize. The struggle of the railway workers was to protect both their labour rights and the public interest. In many cases of privatization of public services, whether in Hong Kong or other countries, only big corporations benefit, while the employees and general public suffer from deterioration of working conditions and rise in service charges. International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and International Transport Federation (ITF) also strongly supported the strike of the Korean railway employees.

 

Since the beginning of the strike, the Korean government and Korail have not shown willingness to negotiate with the employees in good faith. On the contrary, the government and Korail management applied various tactics to persecute the strikers, including accusing them of an illegal strike and replacing the striking employees with temporary workers, which would undermine safety standards of the railway operation. Korail has filed a damages lawsuit worth 7.7 billion won against the union and its 186 leaders. HKCTU criticized the Korean government’s action as a grave violation of the right to strike. More shockingly, hundreds of riot police raided the KCTU's headquarters in Seoul on December 22, injuring hundreds. According to the information of KCTU, 130 unionists including the leaders of KRWU, KCTU and supporters were arrested in this attack. These suppressions were serious violations of union rights and human rights. The international unions (ITUC and ITF) also have strongly condemned the Korean government’s anti-union behaviour which runs contrary to its obligations under the ILO and to the labour standards in its trade agreements with the US and the EU.

 

HKCTU has the following demands for the Korean Government:

 

1. Immediately release all of arrested unionists; 
2. Stop persecution of trade unions and of the strike of KRWU;
3. Enter into talks with KRWU about restructuring and stop privatization of the Railway.