Greeting Message to Mayday 2018 to the Workers of Automotive and Supplier Industry of South Korea

Dear colleagues and comrades, dear class brothers and sisters, to the international day of the working class we send you our militant greetings and our full solidarity and support in your struggles against Hyundai/Kia, Ssangyong, GM and other corporations. We address special best wishes to the workforce of Ssangyong, their families and all union leaders.


A representative of the Ssangyong workforce reported first-hand at our 7th Automotive Workers' Counsel in 2012 about your hard struggle, the occupation of the plant and the unbelievable criminalization and harassment by the board of management and government. Your steadfastness and relentless courage is a great example to us in the struggle for workers' interests and our dignity as workers.

We demand the reinstatement of the workforce, immediate compensation for all families affected by illness or death and the immediate lifting of all repressions against your union leaders!

The attacks on you go hand in hand with attacks against car workers in all companies and countries by all car companies and their dependent governments. Competition between automotive corporations and supplier groups is hard intensified by the advance of new corporations, especially from China, and with the approaching switch to electromobility and digitization. An increasing workers' unity sets against this: Globally hundreds of thousands of automotive workers are in struggles, such as the Maruti-Suzuki workers in India or at VW and GM in Russia. They are fighting against dismissals and closures of locations such as currently at GM, Opel and PSA in Germany, Brazil and France or Fiat-Chrysler in Italy, for the right to strike in South Africa or for higher wages such as at Ford Crajova in Romania or in a major strike movement of all metal workers in Turkey. In order to fight successfully, thinking in terms of local industry locations and nationalism must be overcome, through this workforces are divided and blackmailed.

First International Automobile Workers' Conference 2015 in Sindelfingen made an important step into this direction: Delegations from 18 countries founded International Automobile Workers Coordination1. We are organizing a mutual exchange of experiences, systematically making up contacts to more and more workforces, working closer together, coordinating struggles and solidarity over the boarders of corporations and countries.

We call on you to join this worldwide alliance of militant automotive and supplier workers and to participate in the 2nd International Automotive Workers Conference in South Africa, which will take place in February 2020!

Together we will be a superior force against the corporations – Long live international solidarity!

Carlos Luiz Prates Mancha (CSP-Conlutas, Brazil), Diego Rejon Bayo (CGT, Spain), Joern Kleffel (IG Metall, Germany)

Coordinators of ICOG



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