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.
An employee at a factory in south China that produces iPhones for Apple committed suicide last week upon learning that he was suspected of leaking company secrets.
Sun Danyong began working for Foxconn International, a unit of Taiwanese company Hon Hai that builds iPhones for the Apple Corporation, in 2008.
The 25-year-old product manager originally became upset after he noticed that one of the 16 prototypes of Apple’s new fourth-generation N90 iPhone had gone missing. The iPhone is Apple’s best selling product and the details of new versions are well guarded secrets.
After discovering that the prototype was missing, Sun frantically sent text messages to an ex-classmate and his girlfriend voicing his concern. He told them that he was doing all he could to try to find the missing device but was unsuccessful.
Apparently, officials from Foxconn’s security division believed Sun had stolen the missing phone and raided his home.
The next day, Sun jumped from his 12th floor apartment window to his death.
If society was organized in order to meet human need, instead of being organized to create profits for an elite group, this sort of thing would never happen. Inventions and improvements would pursued for the benefit of humanity as a whole and would be spread widely as soon as possible. They wouldn’t be kept secret so that a select few could benefit.
As long as the production of the things humans need and want remains under the control of the capitalists, these sorts of tragedies will continue.