Busan subway workers end strike after pay raise deal


Subway workers in the southern city of Busan ended their two-day strike Thursday after the labor union and management reached a wage deal. Busan Transportation Corp., the city-run operator of the subway system, agreed with the union to raise wages 0.9 percent and hire 540 new workers. The members of the labor union went on strike a day earlier, demanding a 1.8-percent rise in pay. Management, however, offered a freeze in wages and the hiring of additional staff. The union, with a total of 3,402 members, began the walkout at 5 a.m. Wednesday.


Around 2,400 workers, including train drivers, station employees, and technicians, took part in the strike, according to the union. But the company mobilized more than 2,300 non-unionized and alternative workers, effectively preventing the collective action from causing serious inconvenience to subway users.



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