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union of the Seoul Transportation Corporation, which operates the Seoul subway, is also predicting a general strike from tomorrow (30th).

After negotiating five times, the labor and management, who only confirmed the difference in position, will engage in last-minute negotiations again today. 

This is Reporter Nam Jung-min.


Yesterday, two days before the notice date of the subway strike, the labor and management of the Seoul Transportation Corporation, who had entered into the 5th round of negotiations, only checked the difference in position and left the negotiating room in 22 minutes.

The union demanded again to withdraw the large-scale manpower reduction proposed by the management, but it was suspended as the management adhered to the existing position.

The deadline for negotiations notified by the union is 6:00 pm today, and the two sides decided to meet again as soon as the city of Seoul and the corporation organize their opinions and come up with an advanced negotiation plan.

[Lee Yang-seop/Seoul Transportation Corporation Unified Union Secretary General: We plan to resume the meeting once the final change in position comes out of the construction.

(Chairman) said that there will be no more negotiations if it is not finished before 18:00.]

Labor and management of Seoul Transportation Corporation have been negotiating wages since last September.

In the second round of negotiations, the management proposed a restructuring plan to reduce 1,500 workers by 2026, but the union is rather demanding the expansion of safety manpower, saying that it is difficult to abide by the 'two-man-one-group' working regulations due to lack of manpower.

If no conclusion can be reached in the last-minute negotiations to be resumed today, the union plans to go on a general strike from tomorrow as announced.

When the general strike goes in, the operation rate by subway line is expected to drop significantly to 53.5% for Line 1 and 72.9% for Line 2.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government has begun preparing emergency transportation measures, such as mobilizing additional personnel to maintain normal operation during rush hours.