The Making of the South Korean Working Class

Last May, workers facing mass layoffs at the Ssanyong Motor company in South Korea took over their factory. The occupation lasted 77 days and ended after pitched battles with police commandos, who dropped tear gas on them from helicopters; the workers responded with home made catapults and fire bombs. Radical writer Loren Goldner talks about the state of class struggle in South Korea, following IMF austerity and casualization of the workforce.

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