KBS, MBC workers to strike Monday
Union members of public broadcasters KBS and MBC plan to go on a simultaneous strike next week.
The move comes five years since the broadcasters staged a walkout in 2012, in protest against the then-Lee Myung-bak administration’s attempt to control the media.
This time the broadcasters are calling for the resignation of managers.
The National Union of Media Workers’ KBS branch and KBS’s labor union will begin their strikes on Sunday midnight and Thursday midnight, respectively.
KBS’s strike is a resumption of a protest which was temporarily halted in February. The two unions had conducted a vote in November for the strike. The members are calling for the resignation of CEO Ko Dae-young, for attempting to regulate news content critical of the government. At KBS, 1,130 producers and reporters have already stopped working.