President Park Geun-hye has called for an aggressive response to prevent what she called the regressive behavior of labor unions.
She made the remark during a meeting with her senior secretaries on Thursday in regards to the latest decision by the trade unions of the public and financial sectors to go on a general strike.
She asked related government agencies to advise corporations under their jurisdiction to refrain from staging walkouts. The president also called for measures to minimize public inconvenience such as maintaining essential business operations even during a strike.
Park explained that amid the continuing slump and full-fledged corporate restructuring efforts, most workers will probably feel the economic impact at hand. She accused labor unions of only seeking their vested interests by taking the public hostage. She added it's doubtful how many citizens will sympathize with the public and financial sector labor unions who she said enjoy top level job security and relatively high pay.
The unions have decided to launch collective action in protest of the government's push to introduce a performance-based wage system.