Korean workers march against bosses

November 18, 1998

Korean workers march against bosses

On November 8, about 20,000 South Korean workers marched around the Seoul headquarters of the Federation of Korean Industries to demand the jailing of the bosses of big businesses, whom they accuse of bringing about the country's economic collapse.

"Punish conglomerate chiefs!", shouted the workers, punching their fists into the air. They were watched by more than 10,000 riot police.

The action was organised by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions and a host of civic organisations.

Dubbed "People's Rally 1998", the rally also demanded more jobs, cuts in military spending and diversion of resources to help the unemployed, a settlement of farmers' debts and the legalisation of a main teachers' union.

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