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[2014-06-24] First General Strike in Gwangju since the Adoption of Semipublic System

준공영제 광주 시내버스, ‘첫 파업

First General Strike in Gwangju since the Adoption of Semipublic System

 

Unionized intra-city bus drivers in Gwangju continue their general strike that has been taking place since 4 a.m. yesterday, marking the first walkout since the adoption of the Semi-public System of intra-city buses in Gwangju.

Some 583 intra-city bus and labor union members and around 1,320 bus drivers are taking part in the ongoing general strike and the national Automobile Labor Union and its Gwangju branch maintain their position on a wage increase of 5.3 percent or 156,000 won per month.

Unionized bus drivers voted to strike and among them some 92 percent voted in favor of the strike, insisting that 4 out of 10 bus drivers in Gwangju are in danger of unstable employment and the management should improve their administrative policy for a more transparent operation of the system.

In response, the city of Gwangju and the management explained the difficulties posed in raising labor wages by 5.3 percent, as the municipal government must shoulder the financial burden.

 

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