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. grew up on a dairy farm in Vermont and now lives in rural Maine. He practiced and taught pediatrics for 35 years and long ago joined the Cuba solidarity movement, working with Let Cuba Live of Maine, Pastors for Peace, and the Venceremos Brigade. He writes on Latin America and health issues for the People's World.