News summary on the way home from work, evening briefing.

Today is the 15th day since the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions Cargo Solidarity entered into a collective transport refusal (starting at 0:00 on November 24), and the government continues to apply ultra-high pressure.

He announced that he would expand the order to start work and strengthen the crackdown on illegal acts by the union.

Regarding the 'safe freight system', which triggered the cargo union strike, the mediation movement has begun in the political world. What will happen to the general strike?


Petrochemical-steel business 'command to commence business' issued


The government held an extraordinary cabinet meeting today (8th) presided over by Prime Minister Han Deok-soo to deliberate and decide on the agenda for an additional business start order.

A business start order is a very strong measure.

When a truck driver receives a business start order, he must return to work by midnight the next day.

Failure to do so may result in criminal prosecution, imprisonment for up to three years or a fine of up to 30 million won.

The government has threatened to end oil price subsidies if the cargo union does not return to work.



The government made the justification that the damage to the industry and economy was serious.

"There is a concern that disruptions in shipments of steel and petrochemical products will spread to key industries such as automobiles, shipbuilding, and semiconductors, spreading to a crisis throughout the economy."



The business start order seems to have the effect of restoring the amount of goods transported to some extent.

On November 29th, the first business start order was issued for the cement sector, and cement shipments, which had stopped immediately after the cargo union strike, recovered to the 80% level.


The issue is the 'safe fare system'... extended again for 3 years?

item expansion?

The reason why the cargo union is fighting to refuse collective transportation is to continue the 'safe fare system' and expand the number of items subject to application.



The safe freight rate system for trucks is similar to a kind of 'minimum wage system'.

The purpose is to prevent overwork, speeding, and overloading of truck drivers by guaranteeing the minimum appropriate transportation fee, but fines are imposed on shippers who do not comply.

In 2020, during the Moon Jae-in administration, it was introduced for two items, containers and cement, and it was tagged with a 'sunset system' that was only enforced for three years.

There was also a great resistance from shippers and transport operators, which would increase costs.

There was also a backlash against why the government intervened by law in the pricing of shippers entrusted with transportation and freight drivers, who are individual operators.




If the law is not amended this time, the safe fare system will end at the end of this year.

In November of last year and in June of this year, the cargo unions also went on strike for 3 days and 8 days, respectively, demanding the abolition of the safe fare system sunset system (that is, 'Let's continue!').



The ruling party (people's power) and the government presented a plan on November 22 (two days before the strike) when the cargo union strike and transportation disruptions became visible, 'extension of the safe fare system for 3 years, instead of expanding items'.

It is a matter of which items to expand, and it is obvious that shippers in related industries will protest.



The cargo union started this strike (refusal to transport), protesting, saying, 'When the strike was suspended in June, the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs said that it would discuss the expansion of items, and then overturned it.'



The variable came from the Democratic Party.

“We will accept the three-year extension of the safe fare system sunset deadline proposed by the government and the ruling party,” he announced today.

If the confrontation between the government and the Korea Cargo Federation (Confederation of Trade Unions) continues like this, the safe fare system will automatically disappear at the end of the year.


The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions 'Come out of the president'... The government and the ruling party 'Return to work first'

The fact that the Democratic Party accepted the three-year extension of the safe fare system and decided to mediate did not come through coordination with the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions and the Cargo Solidarity.

The government and the ruling party are in the position that the return to work of the cargo union should be a priority regardless of the discussion.


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