When the glaring sunlight begins to be hidden by the shadow of night, the homeless around Seoul Station start to go begging.
"Even my own family do not regard me as a human being, which makes me reluctant to go back home. Most people just think of us as beggars on the street. We can work but society does not give us a chance to,"said a homeless who was out of work and was wandering around Seoul Station. They shouted, "the distribution of wealth is unfair and measures for the unemployed are insufficient in Korea."
On May 1, nationwide rallies commemorating the 111th May Day were held in every city in Korea including Seoul. Workers and students asserted that the present short-sighted economic policy of the government accelerates the widening gap between the rich and the poor. They shouted, "large-scale overseas disposal by sale and government-led corporate restructuring have caused massive layoffs of workers including Dae-woo Motor's 1,752 axed workers."
According to The Korea Herald on March 16, 2001, Labor Minister Kim Ho-jin called for a "win-win" way to bring about industrial peace at domestic firms based on rules and principles.
Here we should ask the question: Is corporate restructuring and massive layoffs of workers the "win-win"way for both labor and management or only for the capitalists?
Kim Dong-ho email@example.com
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