12 Jul '11, 11am

#hanjin Female S. Korea activist on 188th day of crane protest.

#hanjin Female S. Korea activist on 188th day of crane protest.

A female activist on Tuesday began the 188th day of a sit-in protest atop a giant crane to demonstrate against major layoffs at a South Korean shipyard, workers said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS SEOUL - A FEMALE activist on Tuesday began the 188th day of a sit-in protest atop a giant crane to demonstrate against major layoffs at a South Korean shipyard, workers said. Kim Jin Suk, a 52-year-old former employee of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction, has been holed up continuously since January on the 35-metre (115-foot) shipyard crane in the southern city of Busan. The company has cut off power to the crane but Ms Kim, using a smartphone with solar-charged batteries, has been Tweeting her supporters from there to drum up support. The dispute began in December when 900 unionists went on strike in protest at plans to scrap 400 jobs. The company responded by locking the shipyard. T...

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