The Korean Railway Workers’ Union announced on Tuesday that it will halt plans to stage another general strike.
In a statement, the union said it reached such a decision after the railway management and transport ministry agreed to start discussions from early next month on the union’s demands.
The decision came after unionized rail workers staged a four-day walkout that ended at 9 a.m. Monday. Protesters had demanded that high-speed KTX trains be allowed access to Seoul's Suseo Station, which serves as the starting station for the Super Rapid Train, another high-speed train service. The strikers also called for the implementation of four-group, two-shift schedules. The strike was the first of its kind to be held in some four years.
Korea Railroad Corporation(KORAIL), the state-run rail operator, said the union decided to put a halt to its plan for another strike to minimize public inconvenience ahead of the Chuseok holidays and after an agreement was reached on holding substantial discussions next month on railway operation.
The operator issued an apology for causing public inconvenience and vowed best efforts to provide safe transport during the upcoming holidays.
KORAIL estimates that the four-day strike resulted in losses of some seven-and-a-half billion won.