Truck drivers went on a three-day strike. They are demanding that the safety fare system that guarantees the lowest fare be extended and industrial accident insurance be applied, which has caused logistical disruptions in some ports and cement warehouses.
Reporter Hyung-woo Hyung.
A general strike of the cargo regiment was held simultaneously in 16 locations across the country.
The Cargo Solidarity said that most of the 23,000 union members participated in the strike.
[우리가 멈추면 세상이 멈춘다.]
The core requirement of the Cargo Solidarity is the overall expansion of the safe fare system.
The government has implemented a safe fare system that guarantees the lowest fares to freight workers who transport import/export containers and cement, but demanded that the three-year sunset system be extended until the end of next year and expanded to all trucks.
When the minimum fare is guaranteed, it is possible to reduce speeding and overloading to ensure public safety and maintain the livelihood of truck drivers.
[이봉주/화물연대 위원장 : 국민의 안전을 지키는 투쟁이 될 것입니다. 화물노동자의 인간다운 삶을 반드시 쟁취하는 투쟁이 될 것입니다.]
They are also demanding that truck drivers recognize their rights as workers, such as industrial accident insurance.
There was no major chaos other than a one-time traffic jam at the Uiwang Terminal, where the cargo solidarity of the Gyeonggi region in Seoul was assembled, but shipments were disrupted at cement production plants such as Danyang in Chungbuk and Yeongwol in Gangwon.
[시멘트협회 관계자 : 화물트럭을 가져다가 정문을 가로막고 실력행사를 하고 있어서 운송이 중단되고 있고요.]
The association said there was no immediate setback by stockpiling cement in case of a strike, but was concerned about a prolonged strike.
[한국무역협회 관계자 : 물건이 들어가는 항만을 봉쇄해서 일부 기업들은 피해를 얘기하는 곳도 있거든요.]
The Cargo Regiment has announced that it will hold a second indefinite strike if the demands are not resolved even after this three-day general strike.
(Video coverage: Kim Seong-il, Yoo Dong-hyuk, KNN, Ha Ho-young, Jeong Seong-wook, video editing: So Ji-hye)