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15 unionized truckers nabbed for alleged business interference

XCIENT trucks are moving to be loaded to a car carrier for export to Switzerland at Gwangyang Port, South Jeolla Province, on Monday. (Hyundai Motor Group)
XCIENT trucks are moving to be loaded to a car carrier for export to Switzerland at Gwangyang Port, South Jeolla Province, on Monday. (Hyundai Motor Group)

More than a dozen unionized truckers on a general strike were apprehended Wednesday for allegedly obstructing business operations of a plant in Icheon, officers said.

A total of 15 members of the Cargo Truckers Solidarity, under the wing of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, were taken into custody on charges of blocking cargo trucks from entering the plant operated by the country's leading beverage company, Hite Jinro Co., in the city 80 kilometers southeast of Seoul at around 8:30 a.m.

The union launched the walkout Tuesday, demanding the government extend a freight rate system guaranteeing basic wages for truck drivers to cope with surging fuel costs.

The union is demanding an extension of the Safe Trucking Freight Rates System designed to prevent dangerous driving and guarantee minimum freight rates for truck drivers. The system, introduced for a three-year run in 2020, is scheduled to end on Dec. 31. (Yonhap)

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