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10 Jul 2019 | 03:24 PM UTC

South Korea: Subway workers in Busan go on indefinite strike July 10

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Following failed wage negotiations, subway workers in Busan go on indefinite strike July 10; transportation disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/10/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/17/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Seoul). COUNTRY/REGION Busan


Following failed wage negotiations in Busan between subway management and the Busan Transportation Corporation's union, union workers went on an indefinite strike beginning the morning (local time) of Wednesday, July 10. Approximately 2400 of the union's 3401 members are taking part in the strike.

Rush-hour services on Wednesday reportedly ran on schedule despite the strike, but trains are expected to run less frequently during daytime hours. Operation rates are predicted to decrease to around 60 percent should the strike continue. If the strike continues, Busan City is expected to provide alternative transportation services, such as buses and taxis.


Individuals in the Busan area are advised to monitor the situation, budget additional time to reach their destinations, and anticipate disruptions to public transportation, crowded conditions on alternate forms of transportation, and increased traffic congestion and demand for taxis and other modes of transportation.


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