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South Korean truck drivers proceed months-long protest for higher situations

Truck drivers for South Korean beer and liquor firm HiteJinro and its wholly-owned subsidiary Suyang Logistics proceed to protest towards situations and unfair dismissals, months after the battle started. The continued demonstrations are a results of administration’s refusal to satisfy employees’ calls for and the betrayals of the unions, which have been in search of to subordinate the battle to South Korea’s foremost opposition Democratic Occasion of Korea (DP).

Presently, 132 drivers from the corporate are demanding that they be reinstated to their positions after being fired in June. Their dismissals adopted protests after which strikes towards HiteJinro that started in March when the drivers, formally employed at Suyang Logistics, joined Cargo Truckers Solidarity (CTS) within the hope of bettering working situations on the firm. CTS is a department of the Korean Public Service and Transport Staff’ Union, which is affiliated with the Korean Confederation of Commerce Unions (KCTU).

The drivers are demanding a rise in delivery charges of a minimum of 30 p.c to satisfy the rising prices of products. In July, shopper costs rose to six.3 p.c, the best in virtually 24 years. On the identical time, delivery expenses have been stagnant since 2008. Staff reportedly make as little as 700,000 received ($US506) to at least one million received ($US722) a month when all of their bills are subtracted.

The HiteJinro drivers are additionally not lined below the Protected Trucking Freight Charges System, which ensures a minimal freight fare to make sure that drivers usually are not compelled to drive dangerously to make ends meet. This method, which is already inadequate for drivers’ wants, solely covers delivery containers and cement.

As well as, the drivers are demanding the withdrawal of HiteJinro’s claims for damages towards a few of the union members ensuing from the strikes and protests, in addition to an software for a courtroom injunction towards the employees’ protest websites exterior firm crops in Icheon, Gyeonggi Province, Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province, and Hongcheon, Gangwon Province. The corporate is demanding as a lot as 2.8 billion received in damages ensuing from the protests.

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