South Korea tries to squelch labor protest
January 6, 1997
Web posted at: 2:30 p.m. EST (1930 GMT)
SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) -- South Korean prosecutors and the
management of giant industrial conglomerates launched a legal
assault on militant labor union leaders Monday, trying to
crush strikes that flared after a New Year's holiday break.
About 200,000 workers joined the latest wave of walkouts,
idling car plants and shipbuilding yards. Hospital and
broadcast unions were poised to join them.
Prosecutors issued summonses to 100 labor leaders but union
heads said they would ignore the notices. Meanwhile, the
nation's major businesses planned to sue union leaders for
the illegal strikes, which they said have caused at least
$405 million in lost production.
In Seoul, riot police fired tear gas at more than 10,000
marching workers angry at a new labor bill allowing companies
to lay off employees, hire temporary staff and replace
Reuters contributed to this report.
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