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Seven months atop a crane

With almost seven months atop a crane, a 51-year old woman trade unionist is staging a solo protest to end layoffs at a shipyard in South Korea.

Kim Jin-Suk, 51, climbed the 35-meter tall crane in the Yeongdo shipyard of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) in Busan, the hub of South Korea's shipbuilding industry on January 6 this year and has been there ever since to protest against what she says are "mass layoffs" at the country's former biggest shipbuilder.

Her sit-in protest is helping to revive trade unionism in a country that was once a byword for violent clashes between workers and police, but which under conservative President Lee Myung-bak has seen the unions adopt a back seat.

The labor activist is a member of the direction committee for the office of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) and she was laid off by the shipbuilder in Busan, a city on the southeast end of the Korean peninsula, about 420 km (262 miles) from the capital Seoul.

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