Omu recalls staff from Iraq

08 December 2003
Korea's Omu Electric on 8 December announced that it will withdraw all 60 of its engineering staff working in Iraq after two of its engineers were killed in a roadside ambush in late November. 'Because of security reasons, and because the workers want to return home, we have decided to bring them home as soon as we make travel arrangements,' said Omu Electric's Suh Sang-eun. 'There was trouble between the company and workers, but both sides have now reached an agreement and the workers will return.' Sang-eun added that the company's management in Iraq would remain in the country. He said that a number of staff had threatened to sue for 'psychological damage' if they were not allowed to return home.

Omu Electric sent 68 engineers to Iraq after securing a $20 million subcontract from the US' Washington Group (WG) in early October. WG on 2 December suspended work on upgrading electric power transmission towers in northern Iraq after the two South Korean engineers were killed (MEED 2:12:03).

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