Union of Seoul sub­way line No. 9 be­gins 3-day strike

The Korea Times - - NATIONAL - By Kim Hyun-bin hyun­[email protected]­re­atimes.co.kr

The union of the sub­way op­er­a­tor in charge of a part of Seoul’s line No. 9 be­gan a three­day strike, Mon­day, af­ter ne­go­ti­a­tions with man­age­ment fell through.

Sub­way line No. 9 is man­aged by two en­ti­ties, with the western sec­tion op­er­ated by Seoul Metro Line 9 Corp., a pri­vate com­pany, and the other by a unit of the Seoul City-run Seoul Metro. Mem­bers of the union of the lat­ter, which op­er­ates 13 sta­tions from Eonju to the VHS Med­i­cal Center, are on strike.

They walked out at 5:30 a.m., and are sched­uled to con­tinue the strike through Wed­nes­day.

Since May, the union held 15 sets of talks with man­age­ment to in­crease the num­ber of work­ers, im­ple­ment a step-based salary sys­tem and se­cure more per­ma­nent job po­si­tions, but failed to reach an agree­ment.

The union, af­fil­i­ated with the Korean Con­fed­er­a­tion of Trade Unions, said about half of its 250 mem­bers are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the walk­out.

Even dur­ing a strike, how­ever, the cur­rent law re­quires the union to op­er­ate 100 per­cent of the sched­uled train op­er­a­tions dur­ing morn­ing rush hours be­tween 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., 80 per­cent dur­ing evening rush hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 60 per­cent dur­ing the re­main­ing hours, to pre­vent traf­fic may­hem.

There were no ma­jor de­lays and op­er­a­tions were main­tained at usual lev­els on the first day, as the city govern­ment and Seoul Metro dis­patched non-union work­ers to fill the po­si­tions of the strik­ing union­ists.

If there are de­lays in op­er­a­tion on the sec­ond and third days, the city govern­ment will op­er­ate more buses on the routes of the sub­way line.

The union de­nounced the dis­patch of re­place­ments, say­ing it de­nied work­ers’ right to strike and negated the ef­fect of the walk­out.

It plans to hold an ad­di­tional strike from Oct. 16 to 18 if its de­mands are not met.

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