LA
2012
Event Type: 
Panel
Description/Abstract of your Event: 

South Korea has experienced the changes of social movement and labour movent from 2008 to 2011, since economic crisis. There were a great candle demonstration against for FTA (USA and Korea) in 2008; a great struggle for occupy factory during 77 days in SSang Yong automobile factory in 2009. This struggle was put down by the Korean Governmental violence in 77 days. 20 workers who occupied the factory has been dead; most of them committed suicide, few others died for diseases or Traffic Accident. The workers are still occupying in front of main gate of SSang Yong automobile factory.
We also had an experience for "Hopebus", "Hopetent" etc in 2010-2011.
The tradition of social movement and labour movement has been recently changed. Many internatioanl experiences has influenced the tradition of social movement in Korea in the gross view, however, the detail situation in Korea is quite different from other countries (EU,USA, and North Africa etc).
We will present recent changes and esperiences of Korean social and labour movement. We will demonstrate the political implications of recent changes of the workers' struggle in Korea according to Karl Marx's view.