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PSI extends full support to nationwide strike in India

Two-day nationwide general strike to protest against “anti-labour, anti-people and anti-national policies of the government’ was hold by Indian workers and their trade unions on January 8-9, 2019. PSI extends full support and solidarity to its affiliates, other unions and the workers of India participating in the strike action. In the PSI Solidarity Message for All India General Strike was emphasized that: "We recognise the outstanding work of the energy sector unions, through the National Co-ordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers who have organised across the country to oppose further privatisation of the essential public utility. As workers are seeking to increase the availability and affordability of energy through public ownership it is you, not governments, who are defending energy as an essential service. We are ready to support your ongoing actions to ensure the right to affordable energy is delivered and the rights of energy workers respected.”

Source: PSI

Korean Workers Launch Major Wave of Strikes, Winning International Support

Korean workers have embarked on a major wave of strikes “to protest against government ‘reform proposals that would make it easier for employers to fire workers, weaken seniority protections won through collective bargaining and privatise some state-owned industries.” Tim Shorrock reports in In These Times that “the ITF and Public Services International (PSI), the global federation of public sector workers, have asked the International Labor Organization (ILO) to intervene to ensure that the Park government respects the rights of workers in South Korea to freedom of association. The strikes in South Korea, the ITF’s Cotton said in an email, ‘have been triggered by the government ignoring its own laws by imposing drastic new labour practices in the public sector. It is no secret that this is a precursor to the introduction of widespread privatisation.’ Yet, despite labour’s objections, ‘every attempt by the unions to seek talks with the government has been rejected.’”