Unionized rail workers continue to strike despite an ultimatum issued by the Korea Railroad Corporation(Korail) to return to their jobs before Friday.
According to Korail, seven-thousand-330 workers are still on strike as of 6 a.m. Friday, while 412 have returned. The participation rate in the strike, which has continued for a record 25 days, is 39-point-nine percent of all rail union members.
Although Korail had warned workers on strike that those who don't come back to work before Friday would be subject to severe disciplinary action, only 31 people returned on Thursday.
As the strike drags on, a massive layoff is expected, similar to one in 2013 when 90 striking workers were dismissed.
Cargo delivery disruptions are expected as trains are running at 82-point-eight percent of their normal levels. The high-speed KTX and commuter trains are operating at full capacity.
Source: KBS World Radio