Occupation 67 days, chimney top protest 76 days!
From Ssangyong Motor workers occupying the Pyeongtaek plant in solidarity with Vestas workers for victory.
Ssangyong Motor workers are in struggle hard and rightly against the Lee Myung-bak government’s flexible labor policy. At the center of flexible labor policy is the ‘gate to hell’ consists of dismissal, early retirement, dividing the company, outsourcing, and reshuffling. All meant to destroy worker’s right to live.
The reason we are fighting hard and rightly is simple. Dismissal is murder and we are struggling to stop this murderous act. Our confidence and commitment are soaring high like a rocket because everyone knows we are doing the right thing. We will never be defeated.
Ssangyong Motor workers will continue to firmly struggle until there is no such thing as redundancy dismissal. We would like to comradely thank for your solidarity and wish you all victory.
28 July 2009
Updates on Ssangyong Motor workers’ strike
The management of Ssangyong Motor announced that it has dismissed 1,670 workers through forced early retirement and will carry out redundancy dismissal of 976 workers. Starting 21 May, Ssangyong Motor Branch of the Metal Workers Union struck to present day.
Currently more than 1,000 trade unionists, family members of dismissed workers, and supporters are occupying the plant and its surrounding. Trade union members suffering from psychological and physical pains caused by dismissal are now occupying and living inside the plant to carry out the struggle in desperation for survival.
Civic groups and political parties, both ruling and opposition parties, want peaceful resolution through dialogue and not through violent police raid in the name of state intervention. There were two attempts of dialogue in 18 and 19 June between the management and workers. The workers demanded no redundancy dismissal while the management stated that redundancy dismissal is the precondition for any resolution. The dialogue is not in full stop.
On 16 June and 23 June, the management sent hired thugs and closed all the gates so nothing and no one could go into the plant. It is threatening to raid the plant. On 26 and 27 June, the hired thugs attempted to break into the plant inciting the workers who have been stressed out both psychologically and physically due to 35 days of occupation. The management without shame also cut internet connection and water to the plant where more than 1,000 workers are occupying.
The trade union proposed to bargain with the government and not the court assigned management that has limited decision making power. However, the government has not responded so far.
The trade union issued a statement saying the government’s neglect and the offensive position of the management are dragging the dispute further worsening the situations for not only the Ssangyong Motor workers and families but also auto-parts company partners and economic crisis and an appeal to stop immediately the plan to randomly dismiss the workers.