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Parcel delivery union threatens industry-wide walkout unless CJ Logistics agrees to talks

National 16:03 February 14, 2022

SEOUL, Feb. 14 (Yonhap) -- A national parcel delivery union on Monday threatened an industry-wide walkout unless CJ Logistics Corp., South Korea's largest logistics firm, agrees to hold talks with striking workers seeking better working conditions within a week.

The union under the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), the more militant of the country's two major umbrella unions, said it will consider staging an industry-wide walkout after Jan. 21 unless CJ agrees to the demand from unionists.

Some 200 members of the KCTU union seized CJ's headquarters office Thursday and have since been staging a sit-in in support of an ongoing strike by unionized CJ Logistics workers since late December.

The company's unionized workers have argued CJ Logistics has pocketed most of the profits from hikes in recent delivery charges and that it has neglected its responsibility in preventing unnecessary overwork, part of a deal between the government and the logistics industry reached last year.

According to the union, nationwide CJ Logistics workers participating in the strike will gather in Seoul on Tuesday to hold a joint rally. Some 7,000 KCTU courier union workers also plan to hold a joint protest in Seoul on Jan. 21.

"We will fight to the end to prevent CJ Logistics' unfair profiteering and achieve the fulfillment of the social deal (in preventing overwork)," Jin Kyung-ho, head of the KCTU courier union, said.

CJ Logistics has sued the union on charges of property damage and obstruction of business.

Choi Gwan-ho, head of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, said officials were trying to persuade the union to voluntarily end the occupation protest at the company, labeling the standoff as a "labor-manage dispute."

The Seoul police chief, however, also vowed stern legal responses to "acts of violence that cannot be overlooked" and added officials were also looking into the complaint filed by the company.

Unionized delivery workers of South Korea's leading logistics firm, CJ Logistics Corp., stage a protest at the company's headquarters in Seoul on Feb. 11, 2022, calling for better working conditions. They occupied the company the previous day. (Yonhap)


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