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Korea’s Intense Strike Culture Builds Pressure on President Yoon

  • Korea in upheaval as trucker strike disrupts steel, oil, autos
  • Protests pose risks to Yoon’s attempt to keep economy on track
Truck drivers and members of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions during a protest at the Uiwang Inland Container Depot in Uiwang, South Korea, on Nov. 24.
Truck drivers and members of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions during a protest at the Uiwang Inland Container Depot in Uiwang, South Korea, on Nov. 24.Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Worker discontent is breaking out across South Korea, threatening to undermine the country’s already faltering economy and presenting yet another challenge to President Yoon Suk Yeol.

The Asian nation’s labor strife deepened this week as threatened protests by public transport workers added to a nationwide strike by truck drivers. While a work stoppage by the railroad union was averted on Friday and subway workers settled their dispute, the ongoing truckers’ strike has caused at least $1.2 billion in supply disruptions in everything from steel to autos and oil.