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Court orders labor body to pay for destroyed police buses

All Headlines 17:36 July 06, 2009

SEOUL, July 6 (Yonhap) -- A Seoul appellate court ordered the nation's biggest labor umbrella union to pay for 60 percent of damages to police buses that were vandalized in a violent outdoor rally two years ago, court officials said Monday.

The appellate division of the Seoul Central District Court ruled that the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), the more militant of the nation's two major labor umbrella groups, should pay 14.6 million won (US$11,700) in compensation for destroying 11 police vehicles and other equipment during a labor rally held in June 2007 in Yeouido, central Seoul, according to the officials.

In its initial ruling, the same court ruled that the labor umbrella body was fully responsible for the damaged buses and thus obliged to pay 24.3 million won in compensation.

"The union is obliged to maintain peace and order during the demonstration. But it seems impossible for the organization to force participants to remain orderly. Moreover, the KCTU came up with some measures to keep order after consultations with the police," the court's appellate division said in its ruling.

The government filed the lawsuit against the KCTU, which claims nearly 750,000 members among some 2,000 affiliated unions nationwide, demanding compensation for the loss of police buses after the 2007 labor rally to improve workers' rights.


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