SEOUL, 28 Feb. (Yonhap) — Two leaders of a construction company union were arrested on Tuesday on racketeering charges, as the government steps up efforts to root out corruption in construction unions.
The Seoul Central District Court has issued arrest warrants for the two men, fearing they may destroy evidence.
The suspects are accused of demanding illegal payments from company management and insisting that the company hire union members at apartment construction sites in Seoul from 2020 to 2022 , according to the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency.
As part of the investigation, police raided the headquarters of two major labor coordination groups, the Federation of Korean Trade Unions and the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), as well as the offices of smaller construction unions in and around Seoul on January 29. 19. The Suspects Syndicate is affiliated with the KCTU.
At a Cabinet meeting on February 21, President Yoon Suk Yeol pledged to eradicate extortion and violence at construction sites during his tenure. He ordered the prosecution, police, land and labor ministries to work together to crack down on these organized illegal practices.
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