Media workers stage general strike to prevent Broadcasting Law revision

KCTU announces the beginning of their strike in solidarity with workers in broadcasting companies who have stopped their work to join in the NUMW strike

The National Union of Media Workers (NUMW) began their general strike at 6 a.m. July 21 to prevent the railroading of the bill to revise the Broadcasting Law. This is their third general strike since last December. The Korea Confederation of Trade Union (KCTU) also announced its general strike will start on July 22 in solidarity against the Broadcasting Law revision and the Irregular Workers Law revision, and support for normalizing Ssangyong Motors labor and management relations.

NUMW announced, “Around 13 thousand media workers will participate in this struggle to frustrate maneuvering by the ruling Grand National Party to suffocate democracy and freedom of press.”

Broadcasting companies’ union members have withdrawn from production locations. Approximately 1 thousand union members of MBC held a ceremony at 10 a.m. to begin their strike.

All except the 200 YTN union members necessary for remaining on air also held a ceremony to begin their strike.

After wrapping up their ceremonies for their union branch, union members went to gather in front of the National Assembly to participate in the NUMW’s ceremony for launching the general strike at 3 p.m. of that same day. The unions of SBS, CBS and EBS have also joined in the general strike.

The KCTU held a press conference in the same location to announce their general strike in solidarity. KCTU said, “We will stage a general strike beginning on July 22 in order to block Lee Myung-bak’s vicious law revisions from passing, including the bills to revise both the Broadcasting Law and the Irregular Worker Law.” KCTU is also demanding the normalization of relations between labor and Ssangyong Motors management.

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