|▲ The Civil Society Organizations Network in Korea calls on the government to retract the administrative notice which the former President Park administration deprived the Korea Teachers and Education Workers Union(KTU) of its legal union status. (Courtesy of the Civil Society Organizations Network in Korea)|
The Civic Society Organizations Network in Korea held a press briefing on November 21 at Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul and called for the retraction of the administrative notice that outlawed the Korea Teachers and Education Workers Union(KTU) and the abolition of teachers' evaluation and performance-based pay system.
The Civic Society Network announced their solidarity struggle with KTU, saying that "without the retraction of the administrative notice that outlawed KTU, we cannot root out the accumulated education ills," and "we are committed to defend KTU in solidarity with citizens for the sake of the future of education in our society." The Civic Society Network currently holds an all-night sit-in demonstration at Sejongno Park in central Seoul.
KTU, in the meantime, originally planned their members' collective annual leaves on November 24 but the collective action was called off due to the one-week postponed scholastic aptitude test for college admission due to the recent earthquakes in Pohang and stopped the leadership's hunger strike. KTU is scheduled to convene its central executive committee to decide the future action on November 27.
reported by Choi Na-young
translated by Kim Sung-jin
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