South Korean truckers' strike extends into 7th day

13 June 2022
2022-06-13 15:14

South Korean truckers continue their nationwide strike as they failed to reach an agreement with the government over minimum freight rates.

The truckers are urging the government to provide a minimum wage in the face of soaring fuel prices that are squeezing their finances.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the truckers' union leaders met on Sunday for the fourth round of negotiations, but yielded no agreement.

About 7,500 truckers joined the strike, demanding that the government extend temporary rules guaranteeing minimum freight rates which are set to expire at the end of 2022.

The transport ministry has been negotiating with the truckers over the minimum wage scheme.

It said the overall utilization rate of containers at ports and other major logistics hubs was 70.7% as of Friday afternoon, above the usual rate of 65.8%.

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