Seoul Subway Unions Launch Strike over Wage Hike

Write : 2016-10-19 09:00:02 Update : 2016-10-19 09:00:36

Seoul Subway Unions Launch Strike over Wage Hike

Unionized workers of the Seoul metro system began a one-day strike from Wednesday morning.

Union members of Seoul Metro, the operator of subway lines one to four, and the Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation, the operator of subway lines five to eight, launched the strike after negotiations over a salary hike with management fell through.

The strike started at 9 a.m. and is scheduled to end at 6 p.m. The maintenance workforce at Seoul subway stations, including engineers, will also join the strike from 1 p.m. and 6:40 p.m.

Observers say the strike will unlikely cause a significant inconvenience to the public. 

The unions of the two subway operators initially launched a strike on September 27th, raising their voice against the expansion of the performance-based wage system. 

However, they suspended the walkout two days later after the Seoul Metropolitan Government said the labor unions of five public corporations under Seoul City struck a deal with management on the implementation of a merit-based wage system.

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