S. Korea plagued by back-to-back nationwide strikes by public sector workers
SEOUL, South Korea is bracing for a possible unprecedented strike by postal workers next week, as non-regular public employees wound up their three-day nationwide walkout on Friday.
The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), a militant labor umbrella group, called the three-day strike Wednesday to call for wage hikes for non-regular workers in the public sector, abolition of discrimination against them and the switching of their status to that of regular workers.
Contract workers at elementary and secondary schools nationwide, including cafeteria cooks and after-school daycare service assistants, accounted for the bulk the strike participants, while other public sector non-regulars, including highway toll collectors and cleaners for local governments, also participated in the nationwide joint strike.
The cumulative number of contract school workers who participated in the three-day nationwide strike reached 52,000, the largest on record, the Ministry of Education said. A similar strike staged for two days in 2017 drew a total of 35,000 non-regular school workers.
Source: Yonhap news Agency