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Military to supply vehicles, drivers during truckers' strike

All Headlines 09:13 June 26, 2012

SEOUL, June 26 (Yonhap) -- The military said Tuesday that it will supply extra vehicles and drivers to ports during the nationwide truckers' strike to help minimize disruptions to freight transportation.

The defense ministry said 100 container vehicles and 200 drivers will be placed at major ports, including the ports in Busan and Gwangyang, located in the southern part of the country. The extra drivers will remain in close coordination with regional port authorities for the duration of the strike, the ministry added.

Defense officials said the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs asked for logistical help on Monday, the same day some 350,000 unionized truck drivers launched a strike, seeking a raise in trucking fees along with a cut in fuel costs.

Defense officials added that should there be further requests from the land ministry, they will provide more vehicles and drivers, as long as the move doesn't affect transportation services for the military.

The defense ministry also supplied vehicles and drivers during a truckers' strike in 2008.

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