Truckers strike the South Korean way
Published on 25 June 2012
Tens of thousands of truck drivers have gone on strike in South Korea this morning.
The Korean Transport Workers Union has initiated the walkout with as many as 80% of the nation’s 380,000 truckers having agreed on the strike action since February.
The truck drivers are demanding the introduction of standard freight charges, a 30% rise in transportation fees and revised laws on labour rights.
The Government has expressed deep regret over the strike and has promised to resolve the matter as quickly as possible through ongoing discussions with the Union. It is also threatening to come down hard on the Unior should its members take part in any illegal activities.
80% of 380,000 is 304,000 – that’s a lot of truckers should they all go on strike as agreed!