Release the KFCITU 8!
BWI received reports that eight (8) members of the Korean Federation of Construction Industry Trade Unions (KFCITU) have been arrested and imprisoned.
According to the KFCITU, three of those arrested were involved in a case that happened three years ago among construction vehicle drivers who demanded employment from potential contractors. The said workers were charged with “violence against employers” and sentenced to serve time for 8 to 16 months.
Another three were indicted over a sit-in protest on top a tower crane in 2019 wherein they demanded employment for trade union members, while the last two were indicted for allegedly obstructing business as they peacefully prevented concrete mixer truckers from entering a construction site as a response to the company’s refusal to recognise KFCITU and attempt to fire workers who applied for union membership.
BWI stands in full solidarity with the KFCITU and its members who were arrested and put behind bars for simply exercising their labour rights. We call on the South Korean authorities to immediately release the said trade unionists and recognise the unjust circumstances that forced them to take collective action to defend their rights and dignity as workers.