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South Korean Union Threatens Strikes


A powerful South Korean labor union is threatening strikes by hundreds of thousands of its members later this month to protest a government bill limiting union militancy.

The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, the country's second-largest labor group, is planning to begin the strikes on November 26. Tens of thousands of KCTU members gathered for a show of strength in Seoul Sunday.

The labor federation's member unions oppose a reform bill that would restrict militant union activities and also allow companies to hire more non-union temporary workers.

The unions want the bill scrapped, saying it would infringe on labor rights and destabilize the job market.

The legislation is awaiting approval by Parliament, which is expected to take up the issue next week.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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