Bus Fare, expected to rise

The 15 days strike insisting wage rise and hiring more staff, which had been announced by the bus union before the implementation of the 52-hour week system, could be avoided.

In the discussions that continued until dawn, Seoul city government and Labor Union and management agreed on mutual understanding, while Gyeonggi Province postponed the strike and decided to negotiate further. In Ulsan, buses were interrupted for about six hours.

The solution to the bus strike proposed by the government and local bodies can be summarized by the increase in fares and the expansion of the semi-commission system.

The increase in city bus fare is expected to continue in line with local governments nationwide, and a semi-communication system will be introduced to cover the deficit in long-route buses moving across cities and provinces.

People said that the increasing bus fares are an addition to the burden in critical economical situations.

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