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    Let’s fucking go.

    I implore anyone curious about the South Korean Labor Movements to look into them. There’s a brutal and bloody fight Workers have waged against the bourgeois dictatorship, including the several thousand students slaughtered by the butcher Chun Doo-Hwan in Gwang-Ju.

    Jeon Tae-Il is a martyr who self-immolated in downtown Seoul, shouting “Workers are Humans too” and “guarantee the 3 basic labor rights,” which led to the rapid formation of several unions.

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        I hope to live to see a unified Korea one day. I have deep respect for the Korean people, and the overall divide is extremely sad. There’s still hope, of course.

        One of the most beautiful through-lines culturally is the rich food culture that exists in both the North and South. Pyongyang-style Nnengmyeun is one of the most beloved styles, and is celebrated even in the Anticommunist South. The Korean people are one, divided.

        • ☆ Yσɠƚԋσʂ ☆@lemmy.mlOP
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          Indeed, occupied Korea has been brutalized just as much as the north, but in different ways. If the south can be freed from the clutches of the burger empire, things there would improve immeasurably.

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      South Korean strikes are handled differently from company to company. Hyundai is more traditional, outward striking, but Samsung employees have strategies of taking mass PTO around holidays to obscure who is striking and who is actually taking holiday leave. Samsung absolutely has a 0% tolerance for Unions and striking, but there do exist labor efforts among Samsung workers.

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    This is the best summary I could come up with:


    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Unionized workers at Samsung Electronics declared an indefinite strike Wednesday to pressure South Korea’s biggest company to accept their calls for higher pays and other benefits.

    Thousands of members of the National Samsung Electronics Union launched a temporary, three-day strike on Monday.

    However, in a statement posted on its website, the union said it has engaged in unspecified disruptions on the company’s production lines to get management to eventually come to the negotiating table if the strikes continue.

    In June, some union members collectively used their annual leaves in a one-day walkout that observers said was the first labor strike at Samsung Electronics.

    In 2020, Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong, then vice chairman of the company, said he would stop suppressing employee attempts to organize unions, as he expressed remorse over his alleged involvement in a massive 2016 corruption scandal that removed the country’s president from office.

    The company’s union-busting practices had been criticized by activists for decades, though labor actions at other businesses and in other sectors of the society are common in South Korea.


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