January 14, 1997 in Nation/World

S. Korean Workers Launch New Strike

Compiled From Wire Services

Taxi drivers and bank employees joined auto workers, shipbuilders and others in a second round of nationwide strikes today, but appeared to have little immediate impact.

Organizers said about two-thirds of the 87,000 taxis in the country took part in today’s protests.

Despite union warnings the renewed strikes would cripple the economy, President Kim Young-sam refused Monday to throw out a labor law that unions say threatens their livelihoods.

Union leaders said the protests will grow Wednesday with 850,000 workers from subway, city rail and bus services as well as phone companies taking part.

The labor law was passed 19 days ago. Among other things, it allows mass layoffs and delays liberalization of rules for forming unions.

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