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Railway services disrupted for 3rd day as strike continues

National 14:37 October 13, 2019

SEOUL, Oct. 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's rail services were partially disrupted or delayed Sunday as unionized workers continued their 72-hour strike demanding better working conditions.

Around 75.2 percent of the country's regular rail services were in operation, according to the Korea Railroad Corp. (KORAIL) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

KTX bullet trains were operating at 68.2 percent of the normal level, while Saemaeul and Mugunghwa trains were at around 59.5 percent and 62.5 percent, respectively.

Cargo services were most affected, with only 36.4 percent of the trains in service compared to the usual level.

A sign at Busan Station shows that Seoul-bound KTX and SRT train tickets have sold out on Oct. 11, 2019. (Yonhap)

Passengers can check revised train schedules at major train stations across the country. Information is also available on the KORAIL web site.

The 19,000-member Korean Railway Workers' Union is demanding that KORAIL increase wages and employ more staff to shorten current working hours.

They began the 72-hour strike at 9 a.m. Friday, and it is expected to end at 9 a.m. Monday. It is the union's first strike in three years, following one between September and December 2016.

mlee@yna.co.kr
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