South Korean strikers stop other trucks at port

STORY: A senior truckers' union official said that the number of vehicles entering an Ulsan petrochemical complex has been cut to one tenth of normal levels and truckers would be telling non-union truckers not to enter the complex.

The strike also led to a halving of production at Hyundai Motor's biggest factory complex in the industrial hub of Ulsan on Thursday (June 9). Some 1,000 truckers were protesting in front of the complex on Friday, a Reuters witness said.

Entering its fourth day, the strike has disrupted shipments for a wide range of companies and is slowing activity at ports. The movement of containers at Ulsan port, which accounts for about 10% of South Korea's port traffic, has been suspended since June 7, a government official said.

The truckers, regarded as self-employed contractors in South Korea, are seeking pay increases and a pledge that an emergency measure guaranteeing freight rates would be extended. The emergency measure was introduced during the pandemic and is due to expire in December.

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