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Taxi drivers to hold another massive rally to protest Kakao carpool

National 14:44 December 19, 2018

SEOUL, Dec. 19 (Yonhap) -- Up to 100,000 taxi drivers plan to walk off the job this week to protest the planned launch of commercial carpool services, officials from industry organizations said Wednesday.

The drivers will gather for a sit-in at the National Assembly in Yeouido on Thursday as part of their one-day strike. It will be their third rally following two demonstrations in October and November.

"It will be a do-or-die, all-out war," Kang Shin-pyo, representative from one of the labor unions told reporters.

Thousands based in areas outside the capital, such as the cities of Daegu and Jeonju, will join the nationwide stoppage for the day.

The taxi drivers have strongly objected to the planned launch of Kakao T Carpool, a ride-sharing service by top mobile messaging provider Kakao Corp. They insist the service will kill the industry.

Tensions escalated after a taxi driver in Seoul died last Monday after setting himself on fire in protest against the planned carpool service. The taxi industry pledged to fight until Kakao gives up on its entry into the market, calling the deceased driver a "martyr."

Kakao has delayed the release of Kakao T Carpool service, originally planned for Monday.

The government and the ruling Democratic Party agreed last week to push for the implementation of a revised salary system for drivers of corporation-owned taxis as part of support measures.

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