South Korean Truck Strike Impacts Ports
Police have begun escorting truckers through picket lines after South Korean drivers recently blocked the country’s main ports of Busan and Gwangyang.
Truck driver unions are calling for the Safe Trucking Freight Rates System to be made permanent and a minimum wage system to be implemented, which will keep wages in line with the ongoing rises in the price of fuel.
South Korea’s two busiest ports have been dropping to around 40% of their operational levels, with around 11,000 of the 25,000 striking truckers blockading the ports.
The industrial action began last Thursday and the first round of negotiations, between the Cargo Solidarity Truckers Union and government officials, failed to reach a compromise.
We understand carriers are not intending to skip calls to Busan, but are watching the situation closely.
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