Kia Motor Corp. workers caused a work stoppage Jan. 28 in Korea reportedly due to the firing of a union leader. Some 23,500 union members staged an 8-hour strike to protest the Dec. 6 firing. Company officials say the union leader, without first consulting with other union members and Kia management, told overtime workers to stop working for three hours. The workers want him reinstated, but a Kia official says the firing was just because he caused an illegal strike.

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