Organisers estimated almost 27,000 people turned up at the rally in Seoul [Sookyoung Lee/Al Jazeera]

Thousands of South Korean workers have marked Labor Day with a rally in central Seoul, urging the government to adopt major international regulations on promoting labour rights.

Organisers told Al Jazeera that around 27,000 people turned up at Seoul Plaza while another 57,000 demonstrated in 13 cities across the country on Wednesday.

Commemorating International Workers’ Day simultaneously, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KTCU), an umbrella labour union and organisers of the rally, said it was urgent for the country to ratify key conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Wearing headbands and swinging fists, the protesters in Seoul rallied in streets near City Hall, marching under banners

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