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S. Korean bus drivers threaten nationwide strike

Published on Nov 21, 2012 1:06 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - Millions of commuters in South Korea face chaos on Thursday as the country's bus drivers threaten a national strike to protest against a bill recognising taxis as public transport.

Some 80,000 bus drivers across the country will launch the action from midnight if lawmakers put the bill on their parliamentary agenda on Wednesday, a bus union spokesman said.

The union argues that the legislation - which will give taxi drivers new tax benefits and allow them to drive in bus-only lanes - will eventually reduce state support for buses and disrupt their operations.

The threatened strike would take 45,000 buses off the roads, affecting millions of commuters and overloading already packed subway systems in major cities.

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