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South Korea orders striking cement truckers back to work

Union leaders shave heads in protest; talks continue with transport ministry

Concrete mixer trucks are parked at a factory due to a strike by a truckers union in Anyang, South Korea, on Nov. 28.   © Yonhap/Reuters

SEOUL -- The South Korean government on Tuesday ordered cement industry truck drivers to return to work after a six-day strike.

The rare order by President Yoon Suk-yeol's cabinet is effective immediately. The government can strip drivers of their licenses if they do not comply, and striking drivers face fines of up to 30 million won ($22,500) or up to three years in prison.

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