SEOUL, 22 Feb. (Yonhap) — Shipping operations at a key terminal of CJ Logistics Co., South Korea’s number one parcel delivery company, were halted on Tuesday by unionized workers, due to a protracted dispute between the company and its strikers. entered its 57th day with no breakthrough in sight.
According to the company, some 120 members of the militant Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) courier union staged a protest at the company’s logistics terminal in Gwangju, some 30 kilometers south of Seoul, around 7 a.m. morning, blocking nearby roads and delaying the departures of some 170 trucks by about two hours in the morning.
According to the police, no physical clashes or injuries were reported during the demonstration.
Unionized workers at CJ Logistics have been on strike since late December, saying the company pocketed most of the profits from recent delivery fee increases while neglecting its responsibility to prevent unnecessary overwork, as part of a deal between the government and the logistics industry concluded in the last year.
Tensions surrounding the strike escalated after the KCTU union stormed and seized the CJ Logistics headquarters on February 10 for an indefinite sit-in protest. Police expect the protests to continue in the coming weeks as the courier union has filed demands to hold rallies outside the Gwangju terminal until early March.
Meanwhile, a joint civic committee on the CJ Logistics labor dispute, made up of some 90 non-governmental organizations, has urged the government and ruling party to “actively come forward” to mediate talks between the two sides.
“Let’s resolve the current conflict by opening a conversation by rekindling the spirit of agreement,” the committee said in a statement calling for government and ruling party intervention to resolve the protracted strike.