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Members of the Korean National Civil Servants Union (NCSU) began a 2-day strike today, demanding government approval of their rights to be called a “union” and to strike. NCSU said about 30,000 civil servants from 16 cities and provinces either took the day off as vacation or sick time. Roughly 10,000 public officials held a sit-in at Youido, Seoul this afternoon, and are expected to host an NCSU Worker’s Rally along with the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions on Wednesday. In response, the government said it would take the necessary disciplinary measures against civil servants who do not show up for work, as well as arrest participants in the rally, which is considered illegal collective action by the Civil Servants Law.

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