|Issue No 79||24 November 2000|
Korean Unions Lift The Roof
Korean workers broke out in song after scoring a win over insurance giant GIO on behalf of one of their colleagues.
The workers pressured the insurer to agree to pay compensation to a worker who was almost killed and left permanently disabled after falling several meters while working on a construction job in Sydney.
The worker who had about $20,000 worth of hospital bills was told by the employer he was not covered by compensation and he should leave the country immediately.
Michael Costa Labor Council Secretary after organising a meeting with the GIO insurance company presented the Korean worker with a cheque for his full compensation entitlements.
The Koreans were so overwhelmed by their victory that they performed a traditional union song and Labor Council delegates jumped to their feet to join there union colleagues celebrate
According to one delegate it was a very stirring moment and it was like a scene from Les Miserables where the students rise again.
Incu Kang a representative from a visiting Korean trade union delegation said " we are very impressed with the outcome of this and the respect and influence the unions have in Australia "
Incu went on to say we very grateful to the Labor Council for their assistance and when I address the Korean community later I will tell them about this experience and the importance of being in a union.
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