KBS, MBC work­ers to strike Mon­day

The Korea Times - - NATIONAL - Bkim@ktimes.com

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.

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