Subway Operations Reduced Due to Strike

The railway strike that started one week ago is now having a direct effect on commuters in Seoul as national railway operator KORAIL reduced the operations of some subway lines by 15 percent on Monday.

As there is no sign of agreement between the unions and the employers, a further halt of operations seems inevitable.

Meanwhile, an 84-year old woman was killed in southern Seoul on Sunday evening after her leg got stuck between the train doors while the subway was still moving.

A substitute engineer was running the subway at the time of the accident, one of hundreds that are filling in for the nearly 8,000 workers currently on strike. They are demanding that the government withdraw its plans to set up a new rail operator, which they fear would lead to privatization.

Arirang News / Dec. 17, 2013 11:28 KST