Jonathan Silberman and Celia Pugh
Unionists in south Korea
join four-hour warning strike
Some 138,000 workers from 193 local unions affiliated to the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) in south Korea conducted a four-hour warning strike November 15, union officials reported. Among the demands the workers are raising is to stop repression against the trade unions, repeal new labor regulations that threaten job security, and halt the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement negotiations.
The unionists rallied in major cities across south Korea, including a demonstration in front of the National Assembly in Seoul. Auto workers organized by the Korean Metal Workers Federation joined the protest, halting production at Hyundai, Kia, and Ssangyong plants that day. Thousands of other government employees, teachers, taxi drivers, transportation, and social service workers joined the rallies and work-site protests. The KCTU has announced that unless its demands are met a broader indefinite strike will be launched November 22.
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