The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Look Who’s Using Slaves from North Korea

Apr 24, 2017

The North Korean government “rents” out 50,000 workers to other countries for labor in textile, mining, and construction. The government takes in between one and two billion dollars a year from these arrangements. But who pays?

In Poland, for example, 800 American, European, and Asian companies employ North Korean workers. The bosses hold their passports. Their working conditions are particularly tough: 12 hours a day, six days a week. Conditions are also dangerous. One of these workers was fatally burned in 2014, because the boss provided a synthetic fiber garment to wear during welding.

Western governments and media denounce the bloody dictatorship in North Korea, but not the near slavery by which Western companies exploit North Korean workers!