Prison in the sky .. Jin-suk Kim’s final 30 minutes on crane 85

Disclaimer: The following is a totally unauthoritative personal translation of an article appeared in online media <Voice of People> on November 11, 2011, covering the moving descent by Jin-suk Kim who has been staging a high crane protest for 309 days on 35m high crane 85 in Youngdo shipyard, Busan, protesting Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction’s massive layoff. Her brave endeavor has been a center piece of personal as well as public discussions on recurrent massive layoffs and lack of social safety nets in Korea for the whole year. Hopefully, her final descent this time marks a turning point of the issue in Korea. All rights of this post stay with the author of original article or <Voice of People> and this post will be scrapped immediately with their request. Original article (in Korean) of this post can be located in the link at the bottom.

Interior of crane 85 main control room at 35m height where Jin-suk Kim, a member of director committee Korea Confederation of Trades Union (KCTU) Busan branch, stayed for 309 days (from January 6 to November 10) protesting against massive layoff by Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC). (Photo by Myung-ik Lee, 노동과세계 이명익)

Jin-suk Kim who staged high crane protest against massive layoff by HHIC for 309 days (from January 6 to November 10) is packing her living stuffs before stepping down the crane. (Photo by Myung-ik Lee, 노동과세계 이명익)

Jin-suk Kim who staged high crane protest against massive layoff by HHIC for 309 days (from January 6 to November 10) is drinking water, packing her living stuffs before stepping down the crane. (Photo by Myung-ik Lee, 노동과세계 이명익)

Jin-suk Kim who staged high crane protest against massive layoff by HHIC for 309 days (from January 6 to November 10) is taking her final look at the mirror before stepping down the crane. (Photo by Myung-ik Lee, 노동과세계 이명익)

Jin-suk Kim who staged high crane protest against massive layoff by HHIC for 309 days (from January 6 to November 10) is packing her living stuffs before stepping down the crane. (Photo by Myung-ik Lee, 노동과세계 이명익)

Jin-suk Kim who staged high crane protest against massive layoff by HHIC for 309 days (from January 6 to November 10) is organizing stuffs in crane 85 main control deck before stepping down the crane. (Photo by Myung-ik Lee, 노동과세계 이명익)

Jin-suk Kim who staged high crane protest against massive layoff by HHIC for 309 days (from January 6 to November 10) is packing her living stuffs before stepping down the crane. (Photo by Myung-ik Lee, 노동과세계 이명익)

Jin-suk Kim who staged high crane protest against massive layoff by HHIC for 309 days (from January 6 to November 10) is packing her living stuffs before stepping down the crane. (Photo by Myung-ik Lee, 노동과세계 이명익)

Jin-suk Kim who drew dramatic agreement between company and union through 309-day-long high crane protest against massive layoff by HHIC is waving to people, stepping outside of crane 85 door. (Photo by Myung-ik Lee, 노동과세계 이명익)

Young-je Park and Hong-hyoung Jeong (from left) who have been staging 137-day-long high crane protest on crane 85 middle deck are disassembling the tent around the crane door JIn-suk Kim will come down shortly in November 10 afternoon. (Photo by Myung-ik Lee, 노동과세계 이명익)

Young-je Park and Hong-hyoung Jeong (from left) who have been staging 137-day-long high crane protest on crane 85 middle deck are disassembling the tent around the crane door JIn-suk Kim will come down shortly in November 10 afternoon. (Photo by Myung-ik Lee, 노동과세계 이명익)

Jin-suk Kim who drew dramatic agreement between company and union through 309-day-long high crane protest against massive layoff by HHIC is packing her living stuffs before stepping down the crane. (Photo by Myung-ik Lee, 노동과세계 이명익)

Jin-suk Kim who drew dramatic agreement between company and union through 309-day-long high crane protest against massive layoff by HHIC is folding her trouser cuffs before stepping down the crane. (Photo by Myung-ik Lee, 노동과세계 이명익)

Jin-suk Kim who drew dramatic agreement between company and union through 309-day-long high crane protest against massive layoff by HHIC is smiling brightly to union members waiting outside, stepping out of the crane door she locked herself. (Photo by Myung-ik Lee, 노동과세계 이명익)

Jin-suk Kim who drew dramatic agreement between company and union through 309-day-long high crane protest against massive layoff by HHIC is stepping out of the door she locked herself in crane 85 of Youngdo shipyard, Busan. (Photo by Myung-ik Lee, 노동과세계 이명익)

Jin-suk Kim who drew dramatic agreement between company and union through 309-day-long high crane protest against massive layoff by HHIC is stepping out of the door she locked herself in crane 85 of Youngdo shipyard, Busan. (Photo by Myung-ik Lee, 노동과세계 이명익)

November 10. Temporary agreement between company and union is approved unanimously by union members and Jin-suk Kim came down the crane. While Korea Metal Workers Union (KMWU) HHIC branch approved the agreement containing clauses such as reinstatement of workers within 1 year, Jin-suk Kim, a member of director committee KCTU Busan branch, who staged a high crane protest for 309 days on crane 85 is waving in the middle deck. (Photo by Bo-sung Kim, 민중의 소리 김보성 기자)

Jin-suk Kim making an emotional face while stepping down crane 85 after 309 days. That day, KMWU HHIC union branch members approved the company-union temporary agreement unanimously. (Photo by Bo-sung Kim, 민중의 소리 김보성 기자)

November 10. Temporary agreement between company and union is approved unanimously by union members and Jin-suk Kim came down the crane. While KMWU HHIC branch approved the agreement containing clauses such as reinstatement of workers within 1 year, Jin-suk Kim, a member of director committee KCTU Busan branch, who staged a high crane protest for 309 days on crane 85 is exchanging greetings brightly. (Photo by Bo-sung Kim, 민중의 소리 김보성 기자)

“Sister, welcome!” As Jin-suk Kim comes down the crane 85 with the unanimous approval of temporary agreement between company and union on November 10, one union member greets her with teary eyes. (Photo by Bo-sung Kim, 민중의 소리 김보성 기자)

As Jin-suk Kim comes down the crane 85 after 309 days of protest with the unanimous approval of temporary agreement between company and union around 4PM on November 10, family members of laid-off workers and union members greet her gladly with cries. (Photo by Bo-sung Kim, 민중의 소리 김보성 기자)

Actress Yeo-jin Kim who finally meets Jin-suk Kim cannot help but shed tears of joy. (Photo by Ja-hwan Goo, 구자환 기자)

While KMWU HHIC branch approved the agreement unanimously, Jin-suk Kim, a member of director committee KCTU Busan branch, who staged a high crane protest for 309 days on crane 85 is sitting in an ambulance waiting to be transferred to a hospital. (Photo by Bo-sung Kim, 민중의 소리 김보성 기자)

Jin-suk Kim hospitalized after ‘309-day-long high crane protest’. With the peaceful resolution of HHIC incident, Ms. Kim stepped down the crane 85 in November 10 afternoon and transferred to Dong-A hospital for in-depth medical checkup. (Photo by Twitter)

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