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Rail union workers go back to work following 22-day strike

Updated: 2013-12-31 PM 7:52:10 (KST)
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"Over the 22 days, there was much conflict, leaving much damage. All the illegal strikers have come back to work, officially ending the railway strike."

KORAIL CEO Choi Yeon-hye added that subways will operate normally starting January 6th while KTX and freight trains, among others, will normalize starting on the 14th.
The timeline was made possible after striking union workers returned to work at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Korea time.
Union leaders promised to call off the strike Monday after the country's two main political parties agreed to form a parliamentary subcommittee under the transport ministry.
The first subcommittee meeting Tuesday will focus mainly on ways to enhance the management of KORAIL without privatizing part of its KTX bullet train service.
Union leaders have pledged to be actively involved every step of the way.

"We will be actively involved in the new subcommittee, to guide it in the right direction, and we will share the process with the public to enhance our public railway system."

The formation of the new subcommittee was one of five changes the union asked for during talks with management last week.
The union said the government's plan to form a subsidiary to run a new KTX line was actually the first step toward privatizing rail services in the future, something the government still denies.
The parliamentary committee will be made up of an equal number of members from the two main rival parties, but it will be headed by a ruling Saenuri Party lawmaker.
Meanwhile, 31 union leaders who have arrest warrants out for them have agreed to turn themselves in to police.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.

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