Trade unions in South Korea
The Korean Ministry of Labor (MOL) announced on 19 September 2008 that as of December 2007, 10.8% of workers in South Korea were in trade unions, a 0.5% increase from 10.3% in 2006. Korea’s unionization rate peaked in 1989 at 19.8% and fell to 10% 2004.
There are two national trade union centres in South Korea: the Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU) and the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU). In 2007, the FKTU had 740,308 members (43.9% of trade unionists in Korea), the KCTU had 682,418 members (40.4%), and 265,056 workers were members of independent trade unions affiliated to neither national centre.
- Unionization rate in 2007 stands at 10.8 percent first upward move in 18 years Korea International Labour Foundation, 19 September 2008. Accessed 2009-04-09.