Police promise tough action against illegal acts at construction union rally

SEOUL, 24 Feb. (Yonhap) — Police warned on Friday that they would use all available measures to deal harshly with any unlawful acts at a large-scale rally organized by a major construction workers’ union scheduled for next week.

Some 46,500 members of the Korean Construction Workers Unionaffiliated with one of the country’s two main umbrella unions, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, will meet in central Seoul on Tuesday.

The rally comes as President Yoon Suk Yeol’s government has made labor reform a key policy focus, including pledging to stamp out illegal union practices on construction sites, such as forcing employers to hire people who ‘they want.

The National Police Agency (NPA) said it would send around 100 units to the rally site to prevent any illegal acts by the participants, such as illegal occupation of roads which could cause traffic jams during the hours. . peak.

Union members who assault or interfere with police officers will be immediately arrested, he added.

Since December, police have been carrying out a special 200-day crackdown to respond to violence at construction sites.

Members of the Korea Construction Workers Union hold a rally in Suwon, 34 kilometers south of Seoul, on February 21, 2023. (Yonhap)


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