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Unions to compensate North for cancelled trip

Aug 07,2006
Two umbrella groups of South Korean labor unions have decided to pay North Korea for cancellation of a trip north, the unions announced yesterday. North Korea sought compensation of about 30 million won ($31,000) for Air Koryo, the North Korean state airline. The two unions ― the Federation of Korean Trade Unions and the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions ― cancelled a four-day visit from July 18 at the invitation of North Korea’s General Federation of Korean Trade Unions.
The trip was cancelled on the day of departure, with heavy flood damage cited as the reason. The unions informed the North Korean group of the cancellation only after the Air Koryo flight had departed for the South. The following day, North Korea faxed a complaint that Air Koryo “suffered a large loss because of the return flight after departing to take [the union] members on board.”
A member of the Federation of Korean Trade Unions said, “We asked the local airlines and were told that in such a case, the responsibility falls on those who made the reservations.” He said the exact amount and manner of compensation would be “discussed at a working level” with the North Korean group.


by Kim Ki-chan


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