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Capitalists in south Korea call for all workers to be made “non-permanent”

Posted in Capitalism, Economics, Korea, Workers' struggles by amte on July 29, 2009

The Federation of Korean Industries has joined with other capitalist groupings in calling for all workers in south Korea to be made “non-permanent.”

Blaming the workers, who are the biggest victims of the world financial crisis, for its occurrence, the Federation claims “The current problems originated from the labor market rigidity.”

On average, “non-permanent” (or “contract”) workers make about 60 percent of what regular workers in south Korea do.

Some 5.4 million workers in south Korea, representing one-third of the total workforce, are currently “non-permanent” workers. About half of them earn the minimum wage, which is about $3.20 (US) per hour.

As the world capitalist crisis continues the bosses are continuing their assault on working people. To defend ourselves from this assault, the workers of the world must organize and fight back. To be effective in that fight we must utilize our collective power, turn the tides and go on the offensive, and ultimately overturn the exploitative capitalist system which gave rise to this crisis and all of our misery. In south Korea signs of this have already emerged, with increasingly militant strikes and workplace occupations becoming a more regular occurrence everyday.

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  1. […] 자본가들은 모든 노동자들을 비정규직이기를 바란다 Posted in Capitalism, Korea by amte on August 23, 2009 (The English version of this entry can be found here). […]

  2. DavidG. said, on August 25, 2009 at 1:44 am

    The Masters of the Capitalist Universe would make us slaves if they could. The thing that stops them is that slaves can’t buy the goods and services they produce.

  3. amte said, on August 25, 2009 at 6:28 am

    We aren’t chattel slaves, but we are wage slaves.


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