Storified by The Stream · Wed, Oct 26 2011 22:00:07
The Stream talks to South Korean film director Sungmi Park and Precy Dagooc, secretary general for the Makabayan Workers for People's Liberation in the Philippines.
Employees of South Korea's Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction have been protesting against massive layoffs which they say are unjustified.
The Korea National Riot Police has been called in and some protesters have reportedly been arrested.
An ongoing sit-in protest has been carried out by labour activist Kim Jin-suk, who has been living atop a Hanjin crane for six months. She has been tweeting about her experience at @JINSUK_85.
Kim Jin-suk spoke to The Stream about why she is protesting.
Other Hanjin workers are protesting alongside Kim Jin-suk on the structure known as "Crane #85."
According to an editorial in the Korea Times:
Day and night, many Koreans have been showing their support for the workers and gathering on the streets near the shipyard.
Hashtags people can use to follow the story include: #Hanjin, #badHanjin and #kctu, for the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions.
Labour organisers are planning a caravan of more than 180 busloads of protesters to strike on July 9 in Busan, according to the Hankyoreh newspaper.
The protests have not been entirely peaceful. This video shows scuffles between private security forces and workers during the shipyard protests in Busan:
The protests have also spread to a Hanjin shipyard in Subic, Philippines, where safety standards are lax and Filipino workers are reportedly paid 10 times lower than their South Korean counterparts.
A photo slideshow of Sunday's protest from the Subic Times:
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