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Ear to the Ground

21st Century Strikebreakers Raid S. Korea Plant

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Posted on Aug 5, 2009
car sitin
telegraph.co.uk

A helicopter flies above columns of smoke as police try to evict laid-off workers at a car factory in Pyeongtaek, South Korea.

Strikebreakers have come a long way from their origins as goons with billy clubs. In South Korea, police commandos dropped from helicopters to try to end a car factory sit-in in Pyeongtaek, where laid-off employees have occupied their former workplace and are demanding their jobs back.

The BBC:

South Korean police commandos have dropped from helicopters to try to end a factory sit-in by sacked workers demanding to keep their jobs.

More than 500 workers have occupied the main car plant of Ssangyong Motors for more than 10 weeks.

For a second day, police battled laid-off workers armed with metal rods and throwing projectiles.

Ssangyong is under court-approved bankruptcy protection and is trying to cut thousands of jobs to stay afloat.

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