Over the past three weeks, workers at South Korea’s public institutions have been on rolling strikes – a coordinated series of consecutive strikes – which at its peak had 65,000 people walking off the job at the same time. The strikes have included healthcare workers at public hospitals, finance workers, as well as subway and rail workers. They are protesting the Park Geun Hye administration’s unilateral implementation of a performance-related pay and termination system that unions say will incentivize firing workers and prioritize profits over providing public services.

To learn more, ZoominKorea contributor Marie Choi caught up with Wolsan Liem, Director of International and Korean Peninsula Affairs for the Korean Public Service and Transport Workers’ Union (KPTU).

Click below to listen to the audio of Marie’s interview with Wol-san Liem. This segment was originally broadcast on the Bay Area’s radio station, KPFA 94.1FM for Apex Express, a show featuring voices and stories of Asians and Asian Americans.

 

By Marie Choi

Marie is a Bay Area based mama, researcher, and radio producer. 

 

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