Railway Union Continues Strike for Record Long 23 Days

Write : 2016-10-19 09:40:16 Update : 2016-10-19 16:48:54

Railway Union Continues Strike for Record Long 23 Days

Unionized rail workers are continuing what is now a record long strike for the 23rd day on Wednesday, defying calls to return to work.

According to the Korea Railroad Corporation(Korail), KTX high-speed trains are running as usual. However, subway operations in the wider capital region, as well as services of Saemaul and cargo trains, are reduced to 80 percent of their normal levels.

Korail called on the union members to end their strike and get back to work, warning those who don't abide by midnight Thursday will face heavy consequences.

Union members have vowed to continue the record long walkout, adding that they are taking legal action to express opposition to the expansion of a performance-based salary system. They plan to hold a large-scale rally at 2 p.m. at Daehangno in central Seoul on Wednesday. 

The previous record for the longest strike by the country's rail workers' union was 22 days in December 2013.

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