A total of 48,000 buses nationwide, including 4,000 village shuttle buses, will join the move, with some 7,500 buses running on more than 360 routes in Seoul alone carrying approximately 5 million passengers every day.
Tourist buses and express buses, however, will not go on strike, according to the association.
“We are outraged by the political circle decision to ignore the government, the public and the bus drivers and solely push for the bill ahead of the presidential election. It is nothing but an impromptu populist measure,” an official of the bus association said.
“As determined before, we will halt operations from the first bus of the day tomorrow.”
The bill, if adopted, will put cab companies and drivers under semi-state management, which means the government determines taxi drivers’ salaries and other operational details. In lieu, the drivers will be guaranteed a stable income and the companies will be eligible for government compensation for losses, all of which would come from state coffers.
The bus industry receives an annual 1.2 trillion won (US$1.1 billion) in various subsidies from central and local governments, and cab firms 760 billion won. [Yonhap]