Read about what in Korea this week (May 25 – 30, 2014)
– KBS Workers Strike
Unionized workers of KBS, a broadcasting company, went on an indefinite strike on Thursday. These workers are battling against the CEO in an intensifying row over the executive’s alleged political meddling in news production.
Two labor unions of the state-funded KBS started the strike at 5 a.m. Thursday, demanding Gil Hwan-young (CEO) to resign. This strike is giving fears of major disruption to the broadcasting services as the local elections and the FIFA World Cup is coming up. Currently, about 80 percent of KBS employees belong to one of the two labor unions. They may include anyone from reporters, producers, engineers, and managerial staff.
On the other hand, the company’s management called the strike illegal and threatened to take disciplinary actions as needed.
– Busan International Motor Show Starts This Weekend
The big international event, Busan International Motor Show, has opened to the public on Friday. The event will showcase 22 car brands, including 16 foreign carmakers.