Targeting a Hyundai subcontractor, 180 Vietnamese migrant workers building a wharf in Inchon, South Korea, launched one brief strike in July, 2010, and another last January.

Now, ten strike leaders are on trial, charged with violence and “mob assault with a deadly weapon.” At a hearing on May 26, prosecutors called for up to three years in prison, although the defendants could be deported, reports Working 12 hours every day at the $3.97 hourly minimum wage rate, strikers were protesting night work and having to pay a new $6.87 daily charge for two meals.

Constitutional protection of labor rights and prohibitions against discrimination exclude migrant workers. The trial continues on June 20.

A petition on behalf of strike leaders may be signed here.


W. T. Whitney Jr.
W. T. Whitney Jr.

W.T. Whitney Jr. is a political journalist whose focus is on Latin America, health care, and anti-racism. A Cuba solidarity activist, he formerly worked as a pediatrician, lives in rural Maine. W.T. Whitney Jr. es un periodista político cuyo enfoque está en América Latina, la atención médica y el antirracismo. Activista solidario con Cuba, anteriormente trabajó como pediatra, vive en la zona rural de Maine.