In international labor news, thousands of unionized workers marched in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday in a show of support for truckers who have been on strike since last week over a dispute around the price of freight. The South Korean government ordered truckers to return to work under a contested law that could impose fines or even jail time if workers continue a work stoppage. This is a spokesperson from the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions.
Han Sang-jin: “We’re told to stop the strike and get back to work because the knock-on effects on the economy are too serious. However, if you think about it in reverse, it means that the truckers have not been paid enough despite their huge influence on the national economy.”