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Korean Air drops suit against pilots amid ongoing labor dispute

All News 16:13 April 28, 2016

SEOUL, April 28 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's top flag carrier Korean Air Lines Co. has dropped a suit filed against its pilot labor union for disparaging its reputation by spreading what it claims is groundless information, company officials said Thursday.

"We decided to withdraw the suit in a bid to resolve issues with the labor union through conversation," a Korean Air official said.

The suit was filed late February against 20 members including the chairman of the pilot union of Korean Air for putting stickers on their bags that read, "Company is in red. Only chairman is in black."

The company brought the lawsuit, claiming that the action damaged the company's reputation and also caused worry among the airline's passengers.

The stickers were handed out to union members in line with a labor dispute going on at the airline company after its management and pilots failed to iron out differences in wage negotiations. Korean Air pilots voted yes to go on strike on Feb. 19.

Following the yes vote, they engaged in the work-to-rule scheme in which they stick to work-related rules and regulations.

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