Bus Driver Strike Alert-South Korea


The Situation:

Unionized bus drivers in South Korea are planning to strike for 24 hours in Daejeon on 30 September in an appeal for an extended retirement age and other assorted demands - a first for the union in over 14 years. Negotiations are ongoing through midnight on 29 September.


Possible Effects:

• Cancellation of scheduled bus routes and times

• Possible protests or demonstrations at bus depots, public squares, and government buildings

• Blocked roads due to demonstrations

• Increased traffic and delays, especially near city centers, government buildings, and other demonstration sites

• Limited transportation options and disruptions to public transportation

• Increased travel on the Daejeon Metro

• Follow-on or tandem strikes


Mitigating Factors to Apply:

• Avoid all protests and demonstration, which have the possibility of turning violent and may serve as a catalyst for Covid-19 spread

• Practice social distancing or wear a mask when it cannot be maintained

• Allow extra time to travel

• Monitor local and social media for updates

• Prepare for disruptions caused by protests, such as increased traffic/security, blocked roads, and potential travel into demonstration sites (i.e. airports, highways, government buildings)

• Enroll in a Safe Traveler program to receive warnings from your preferred embassy

• Plan for alternative transportation, if necessary

• Adhere to local laws and follow the instructions of law enforcement at all times


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