Strike in South Korea – level 3

05-10-2016 07:00

More than 40,000 South Korean workers in different industries went on strike as the government said that their pay should be based on their job performance rather than on their position or seniority. Workers from car manufacturer Hyundai, amongst others, were present.

The workers demand a stop to adopting the legal wage system based on performance which the government is pushing and they say will hurt the people.

The government defended itself by saying that this new change has been brought in to improve on low levels of productivity. Workers hope that the protest will achieve their aim and allow the disputes to be resolved soon.

Difficult words: seniority (being older or higher in status), demand (ask authoritatively), aim (a goal), dispute (a disagreement).

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