Jin Air employees to hold second protest against gov’t

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Jin Air employees to hold second protest against gov’t

Jin Air employees are holding their second protest against the government today in Gwanghwamun Square, central Seoul.

The budget airline arm of Korean Air is at risk of losing its business license for registering Cho Hyun-min, the Korean Air heiress who turned out to be an American citizen, to its board of directors between 2010 and 2016. Korean aviation law prohibits foreign nationals from being directors at national-flagged airlines for security reasons.

While the first government hearing on the issue was held Monday, the outcome was not open to the public, despite an earlier request from Jin Air. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport is planning two more hearings this month, with one scheduled for Aug. 6, before making a final decision on whether to strip Jin Air of its business license.

Jin Air employees are protesting that the move threatens as many as 20,000 jobs. The workers claim that the ministry is also at fault for not catching the violation while Cho was on the board.

By Kim Jee-hee
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