THE Korean Confederation of Trade Unions began a 2-week strike Monday to call for the resignation of President Yoon Suk-yeol.
According to the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), the strike is estimated to have 400 to 500 thousand workers participating.
3,000 workers, predominantly courier and home appliances repair personnel are expected to walk out of their jobs on the first day of the 2-week strike.
This comes after President Yoon’s proposed labor reform measures which would have seen a working week of up to 69 hours while maintaining an average maximum working week below 52 hours.
The proposal was met angrily by the public not only from labor unions but also the country’s young people and so the government did not go ahead with the plan.
Meanwhile, it can be noted that the government has taken a tough stance on any illegal acts committed by Labor Unions and has demanded Trade Unions boost their financial transparency.
Aside from the rally in Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul Monday, additional demonstrations will also take place in other parts of the country including Daegu, Busan, Gwangju, and the Southern Island of Jeju.