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South Korean railroad strike of 2006

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South Korean railroad strike of 2006

The South Korean railroad strike of 2006 was a four-day walkout by members of the Korean Railway Workers' Union employed by the Korean National Railroad. It lasted from March 1 to March 4, when most of the workers voluntarily returned to work. During the strike, Korail's passenger service was decreased by 60%, on both national and Seoul Subway lines. Freight service was also greatly reduced.

The principal issue, which was not resolved during the strike, was Korail's replacement of regular long-term positions with short-term contract positions. The strike was declared illegal by the government after emergency arbitration was imposed, and at least 411 strikers were imprisoned.

The female KTX attendants' union, whose members are not employed by Korail but by a subcontractor, continued their walkout.

External links

  • Korea Herald article
  • Korea Times article reporting the end of the strike


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