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COVID-19 Crisis: KPTU Stands in Solidarity with the Strike for Black Lives


KPTU Stands in Solidarity with the Strike for Black Lives

At an extraordinary congress held on 16 July 2020, the Korean Public Service and Transport Workers' Union (KPTU) adopted a statement in solidarity with the Strike for Black Lives (July 20). Following a reading of the statement by First Vice President Gi-young Jin, delegates chanted "Black Lives Matter!" in Korean and "No Justice, No Peace!" in English while holding banners and signs calling for an end to racism and police violence and the funding of healthcare and public services for all.

The solidarity statement is below and attached.

Korean public, transport and social service workers express our full support for the Strike for Black Lives

*Adopted at the KPTU Extraordinary Congress, Seoul, July 16, 2020

On July 20, s and anti-racism social movement organizations across the United States will hold the first ever "Strike for Black Lives." As South Korea's largest industrial , and the representing public, transport and social service workers in South Korea, the KPTU expresses our full support for this action.

The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the underlying conditions of wealth inequality and racism that plague the global economic system. The Black Lives Matter movement, and in particular the work of the s that are participating in it, have shown us that our response to the pandemic has also to be a struggle to fundamentally root out these and all forms of discrimination and oppression that divide workers and keep people from living fulfilling lives.

At our Congress today, KPTU commits ourselves to do our part in overcoming the pandemic by protecting the most vulnerable in society and fighting to defend the jobs and livelihoods of all workers, strengthen social solidarity and expand quality public services. In that sense, our goals are the same as those of the Strike for Black Lives, which represents a declaration that winning justice for black communities is a necessary first step to winning justice for all workers and reimagining the political and economy systems.

Taking inspiration from our comrades in the United States, we resolve to strengthen our international solidarity and reaffirm our commitment to fight against all forms of discrimination and for a new equal and just society and economy.