Precarious Working Life and Miliant Activism of Non-Regular Workers in South Korea
Given their precarious working life, non-regular workers came to the fore as a symbol of militant labor activism over the past ten years. They organized their unions even under their employers’ harsh suppression and the lack of regular workers union’s support. Those precarious workers engaged in the prolonged strike action to defend their unions from the employers’ suppression and protest against inhuman discrimination imposed on them. Faced with limited movement resources, they often resorted to extreme struggling actions, such as hunger strike, sit-down demonstration at the air, and even committing suicide, in order to gain public attention and create societal pressure to resolve their issues.
In this context, our paper is to discern why union behavior of non-standard workers are so militant, and to examine causal relationship between those workers’ precarious working life and their militancy.