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S Korea braces for further strike

South Korea is bracing itself for a strike on Wednesday, as the country’s most militant union said 150,000 workers would down tools. It follows violent protests at the weekend by supporters of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU). The South Korean President, Roh Moo-hyun, has appealed for calm. The KCTU is calling on the president, a former labour lawyer, to repeal laws that allow union leaders to be sued for lost production during strikes. The umbrella labour group said that in addition to the strike, 10,000 unionists would protest near parliament in defiance of police refusal to allow a rally. About 35,000 workers took part in protests on Sunday, which turned violent when the demonstrators hurled fire bombs at riot police. The police said at least 44 officers were wounded, while union leaders said 100 workers were hurt, 56 seriously. Full Story

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