Part-time workers occupy Seoul McDonald’s to protest 27 years of oppression [The Hankyoreh / 한겨레]

One worker who allegedly was pushed out of her job due to union activity has sparked backlash against fast food giant

Feb. 4, 2015

The Part-Time Workers’ Union announced that it would occupy two Seoul branches of McDonald’s – located in Sinchon neighborhood and at Yonsei University – on Feb. 7.

“During the 27 years since McDonald’s opened its door in South Korea in 1988, it has habitually oppressed workers without showing any intention of correcting these practices. For that reason, we are taking the extreme step of occupying McDonald’s branches,” Lee Hye-jeong, secretary general for the union, said in a telephone interview with the Hankyoreh on Feb. 3.

“Even though problems connected with McDonald’s employment of part-time workers came to light last year, McDonald’s has given no indication that it means to address these problems. By occupying the branch, the union means to send McDonald’s a message: we are watching you, and we will not remain silent if you continue to treat your part-time workers with cruelty,” said Lee.

“Another objective of the demonstration is to show part-time workers that they don‘t have to put up with heavy-handed behavior and that they can achieve solidarity and report unfair behavior through the union,” she added…

Excerpted; full article link: http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_international/676823.html

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