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Labor deal reached after FineTek workers' sit-in protest atop smokestack

All Headlines 09:05 January 11, 2019

SEOUL, Jan. 11 (Yonhap) -- The labor union of FineTek, a maker of display equipment, and the management reached a labor deal Friday, while two workers staged a sit-in on top of a smokestack at a power plant for more than a year in protest of layoffs.

The unionized workers of FineTek had been waging the protest atop the 75-meter smokestack at a combined heat and power plant in northwest Seoul for about 14 months, calling on the management to keep its promise on job security. With the deal, the workers ended the protest Friday.

The protest marked the longest sit-in on top of a smokestack in the country's history.

The two workers went on a hunger strike last week as well, raising concerns about their health.

The deal came about a half month after the management and labor kicked off their negotiations over how to keep the workers on the payroll.

Workers of FineTek, a maker of display equipment, stage a sit-in protest on top of a smokestack at a power plant in Seoul on Jan. 8, 2019. After a deal with management was reached Jan. 11, the workers ended the protest that had been going for over a year. (Yonhap)


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