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South Korea's railway workers end three-week strike

Published on Dec 30, 2013 3:13 PM
 
A South Korean worker chants slogans during a general strike in front of Seoul City Hall Plaza in Seoul on Saturday, Dec 28, 2013. Thousands of South Korean railway workers agreed on Monday, Dec 30, 2013, to end a three-week partial strike after lawmakers promised to reflect their opinions in the government's controversial plan to reorganise railway services. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - Thousands of South Korean railway workers agreed on Monday to end a three-week partial strike after lawmakers promised to reflect their opinions in the government's controversial plan to reorganise railway services.

More than 6,000 unionised workers of the Korea Railway (Korail) - about one third of the firm's entire staff - have been on a strike since December 9 in protest at the management overhaul plan they feared would spark mass layoffs and pay cuts.

"We've decided to end the strike," the union spokesman told reporters on Monday.

The move came after Seoul lawmakers promised to form a parliamentary committee to ensure that the workers' opinions would be reflected in the controversial reorganising process.

 
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