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As labor and management of the city bus in Seoul reached a dramatic negotiation ahead of the strike, the chaos on the way to work was avoided.

The Busan and Jeju city bus wage negotiations were also concluded early today (26th), and the Gyeonggi city bus union, following Gwangju and Jeonnam, also decided to postpone the strike.



The first news is reported by reporter Jo Yoon-ha.



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At 1:20 a.m. today, two hours and 40 minutes before the bus strike, the Seoul Bus Union and the Seoul Bus Transportation Business Association dramatically reached an agreement.



[Gil-seong Oh/Public Interest Commissioner: First, the wages of driving union members and employees are increased by 5% from the current hourly wage by salary.]



Labor and management, who had been in a tight tug-of-war with several suspensions and continuations, reached an agreement by midnight, the deadline for adjustment. Although it could not be reached, after further negotiations, it was decided to accept the mediation proposal of the local Labor Relations Commission.



It also includes a 5% increase in wages for not only drivers, but also union members, such as branch chairpersons who are exempt from working hours, and maintenance workers.



As labor and management reach an agreement, it is unlikely that the fearful disruption on the way to work will occur.



Previously, the two sides fought fiercely over the biggest issue, the wage increase, and at one time some union members broke into the office where the management was gathered, causing physical fights and shouting.



The Seoul Metropolitan Government has lifted all emergency transportation measures and decided to operate public transportation normally.



The Busan city bus wage negotiations were also concluded early this morning, and the Gyeonggi bus union, following Gwangju and Jeonnam, also decided to postpone the strike late last night.



However, the labor and management of the Daegu city bus could not conclude wage negotiations and decided to meet again today.

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