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Migrant workers' rights groups stage rally demanding better treatment

The Korea Times, South Korea, 19 December 2021 - Hundreds of migrant workers and local activists marched down the streets of central Seoul, Sunday, staging a rally calling for better working and living conditions and the eradication of discrimination.

The event, co-organized by over 20 migrant workers' support groups including the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, Social and Labor Affairs Committee of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism and Hope Center along with migrant workers, began at 2 p.m. in front of Bosingak Pavilion in Jongno District.

Undeterred by freezing temperatures, about 200 foreign workers and members of civic groups gathered, holding placards reading, "Guarantee freedom to switch jobs" and "Stop discrimination in COVID-19 relief funds."

According to its organizers, the rally was held to mark International Migrants Day which falls on Dec. 18. But it took place on Sunday as most migrant workers do not get a day off on Saturdays.

The organizers also noted that the rally was held with a limited number of attendees, adhering to the government's COVID-19 social distancing measures.



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