Turning to the nationwide rail strike that is now into its 18th day
State-run rail operator KORAIL says it will hire 6-hundred-60 new employees to reduce the strain from the prolonged strike.
Passenger train services are running at about 75 percent of normal levels, while subway services in Seoul have been reduced to 85 percent of regular levels.
At about two p.m. Korea time, KORAIL CEO Choi Yeon-hye was scheduled to visit the Jogyesa Temple in Seoul, to urge four union members holed up there after evading police arrest, to return to work.
The union launched the strike in protest of KORAIL's plan to establish an affiliate for a new high-speed train line, a move it says is the first step toward privatization.
The union has called for rallies throughout the nation on Thursday, and a large-scale protest in Seoul on Saturday.