Seoul subway strike: first general strike in 6 years… Traffic issues and impact?

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Due to the Seoul subway strike, the operating rate of the subway is expected to drop to 70-80% when commuting hours are excluded.

On the 30th, the labor union of the Seoul Transportation Corporation, which operates Seoul subway lines 1-8 and some sections of line 9 (Sinnonhyeon-Central Veterans Hospital), went on a general strike.

The day before, the union’s negotiating group consisting of the Seoul Transport Corporation union (Korea Trade Union Confederation) and the Seoul Transport Corporation integrated union (Korea Trade Union Federation) and management entered into negotiations, but in the end he broke down.

Will it affect my commute?

The Seoul Transportation Corporation announced that it would take measures to ensure that subway operation will not be affected during peak hours (7:00 am to 9:00 am) by introducing new personnel.

Subway service usually continues between 5:30 am and 1:00 am the next day.

However, the operating rate of the subway will drop to 70-80% of normal at other times, including rush hour.

The normal time-of-hours operating rate by route published by the corporation is ▲Line 1 94.9% ▲Line 2 Main Line 74.3% Seongsuji Line 76.6% Sinjeongji Line 75.9% ▲Line 3 60.3% ▲Line 4 6 60L. % ▲Line 6 79.8 % ▲Line 7 80.2% ▲Line 8 79.8% level.

Why do we talk about strikes every year?

The main issue of the Seoul subway strike is the reduction of personnel due to the chronic shortage.

Last year, Seoul Transportation Corporation recorded a net loss (loss) of about 964.4 billion won. In 2020, it won 1.1137 trillion, it won 586.5 billion in 2019, and 538.9 billion in 2018.

According to the National Statistical Office, last year, Seoul Metro’s fare loss per passenger was 1,005 won. This means that for every passenger using the subway, 1,005 gained is lost.

The corporation has set up a plan to cut around 1,500 people, equivalent to 10% of its workforce, by 2026 in order to tackle its financial decline.

This is the first time in six years since September 2016 that the Seoul Transportation Corporation union has gone on strike.

Last year, the union protested against restructuring and announced a strike, but the last minute negotiations were successful. At the time, it was reported that labor and management agreed that there would be no forced restructuring due to the financial crisis.

In addition, the union demanded to improve the pay and staffing peak hours system in 2019 and reduce the driving hours of flight attendants in 2020, but the negotiations were successful and did not lead to a strike.

Sindang Station Murder Case

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Last September, many mourners visited the scene of the stalking and murder at Sindang Station.

‘Reducing workforce while demanding security is a contradiction’

The union draws attention to the fact that it is contrary to the demand for a reduction in the workforce at a time when the safety of executives and passengers has become even more important due to a series of recent accidents.

The union said, “Since the October 29 disaster, the city of Seoul has hired workers from the main office to guide passengers as a safety measure for overcrowded stations.” I can’t help but question it,” he said.

Last September, a woman who works at the station of the Seoul Transportation Corporation was murdered by a former colleague who was stalking her while looking at the toilets at Sindang Station on the Seoul subway alone.

The union argues that the government should compensate for the loss in fares caused by free riding. According to the Elderly Welfare Act, seniors aged 65 and over can use the subway for free.

Last year, the number of people who used Seoul subway lines 1 to 8 for free was 205.74 million, and when converted into ticket prices, the amount of loss is more than 250 billion won.

Some say subway fares, which have been frozen for six years, should be raised. Seoul General subway fares have been frozen for six years and are 1,250 won for transit cards and 1,350 won for cash.

KORAIL also announces strike… Concerns about ‘traffic disruption’ are growing

If the Seoul Transport Corporation union strike is prolonged and Korea Railroad (Korail) joins the strike on the 2nd of next month, ‘traffic chaos’ may occur.

Korail operates Line 1, Line 3 (Ilsan Line), and Line 4 (Ansan-Gwacheon Line) in conjunction with the Seoul Subway.

If strikes between the Seoul Transportation Corporation union and the Korea Railroad union occur at the same time, the normal operating rate is expected to drop to ▲ 55.2% for Line 1, 60.3% for Line 3, and 60.3% for Line 4.

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