Corea, República de - Chemical multinational blatantly undermines union rights

Management at Dutch chemical giant Akzo Nobel’s Korean plant continued its refusal to engage in meaningful negotiation with the Korea Chemical and Textile Workers’ Federation (KCTF), despite its commitment to engage in collective bargaining “in sincerity and faith”, following mediation by the Ministry of Employment and Labour. Wage negotiations ground to a halt in July 2015, with the employer continuing to hire more and more contract workers, undermining the working conditions of permanent workers and weakening the ability of the union to press for its members’ legitimate demands.

The KCTF called on management to resume wage negotiations and to stop the systematic violation of basic occupational safety and health standards at the plant.

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