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Local branches of umbrella labor unions hold events in support of planned walkout

All News 19:58 January 25, 2016

SEOUL, Jan. 25 (Yonhap) -- Local branches of a major South Korean labor organization held events on Monday in support of a planned walkout against the government-led labor reform that it claims will only result in poorer working conditions for workers.

The events were held in some cities and provinces after the Korea Confederation of Trade Union (KCTU), one of two umbrella labor groups in Korea, decided to go on an indefinite walkout from Monday in protest of the Park Geun-hye administration's labor reform drive.

The KCTU, which has more than half a million workers as its members, argues that the government's labor reform would end up making it easy for companies to fire workers, eventually worsening overall working conditions.

The government has said that the walkout being pushed by the KCTU is "illicit." Earlier in the day, ruling party leader Kim Moo-sung said that the KCTU is currently deceiving the people just to protect the vested interests of a small group of high-income workers.

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