South Korean Truckers End 8-Day Strike, Return to Work

 

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Truckers in South Korea ended an eight-day strike that precipitated main disruptions to home manufacturing and cargo transport, their union and the federal government introduced after negotiations Tuesday.

Thousands of truckers joined the nationwide strike, calling for an extension of momentary ensures of minimal wages amid hovering gasoline costs. The strike triggered delays within the cargo and supply of metal, cement, petrochemicals, tires and different objects, with some factories compelled to halt manufacturing.

The strike’s injury has been largely restricted to home industries, although specialists say a protracted strike might have undermined international provide chains already hit by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s COVID-19 restrictions. There have been no reviews of considerable disruptions of key South Korean export objects equivalent to semiconductors and cars, Industry Ministry officers stated.

During their fifth spherical of negotiations on Tuesday night time, representatives of the truckers and Transport Ministry officers reached a deal on ending the strike, the Cargo Truckers Solidarity and the ministry introduced in separate statements.

 

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They stated the ministry agreed to search to lengthen the present guidelines on minimal wage ensures and take into account rising gasoline subsidies for truckers. The union stated drivers will instantly return to work.

“It’s lucky that the Cargo Truckers Solidarity withdraw its collective refusal of (cargo) transport and determined to return to work now,” the Transport Ministry assertion stated. “We really feel very sorry to the individuals for inflicting issues.”

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy stated Monday that the primary six days of the strike had precipitated an estimated 1.6 trillion received ($1.2 billion) in damages.

Earlier Tuesday, about 6,800 truckers rallied at varied websites throughout South Korea on their eighth day of the strike, in accordance to the Transport Ministry. It stated some metal and cement factories had halted operations and a few putting truckers obstructed cargo transport at some main southeastern ports.

During a Cabinet assembly, Prime Minister Han Duck-soo, the nation’s No. 2 official, known as the reported transport obstructions “illicit actions” that may by no means obtain public help, in accordance to Cho Yongman, a authorities spokesperson.

Cho cited Han as saying that the transport disruptions might pose “an enormous irrecoverable blow” to South Korea’s economic system, which already faces different difficulties.

Police stated Monday that they’d detained 44 putting truckers however launched most of them besides for 2 who have been formally arrested. Two extra truckers have been detained Tuesday, the Transport Ministry stated.

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