Tag Archives: Privatization

Massive national strike shakes South Korea

South Korean union vows all-out strike in sympathy with rail workers

SEOUL – (Reuters) – South Korea’s militant labor federation announced a general strike from Saturday in sympathy with rail workers, after police hauled away scores of strikers in a two-week dispute that has hit President Park Geun-hye’s popularity ratings.

The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) has more than 690,000 members from sectors including construction and public transport and any stoppage could bring the country to a halt.

Workers with the state-run Korea Railroad walked off the job in protest against a decision to set up a unit to run a high-speed bullet train, which they say will lead to privatization and layoffs.

Hundreds of riot police stormed into the umbrella group’s head office on Sunday in a bid to arrest union leaders. They detained about 130 strikers and confederation members.

“The KCTU will show our anger by action, not words, against infringement of KCTU,” the confederation said in a statement on Monday, promising an all-out strike from Dec 28.

Continue reading Massive national strike shakes South Korea

Keep the candle of Sindhiat burning

Sindhi Vigilance Needed to Monitor actions to privatize Oil and Gas Fields in Sindh

By Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA

Please do not be disheartened or frustrated with the current wave of apathy among Sindhis. In my view, this phenomenon is not unique to Sindhis but other communities also go through such cyclic moods. My involvement of 25 years with our North American Sindhi community has taught me that the mood of “apathy” repeats itself, particularly after a period of hectic “political activity” of the kind that we have all experienced in the last 18 months. As a steady state develops, people will cool down their strong political leanings and become more pragmatic and realistic and the spirit of Sindhiat will be re-kindled again.
Continue reading Keep the candle of Sindhiat burning