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Unions strike over labor, pension reform

Union workers held rallies in major cities Friday in a general strike to protest the government’s plans to overhaul labor regulations and public servants’ pension system, despite a stern warning fro...

Updated : 2015.04.24 20:51

Workers strike against flexible labor market, pension reform

Hundreds of thousands of unionized workers walked out of their work places Friday against the government plans to reform the pension system for public servants and introduce a more flexible labor market. About 260,000 unionized workers joined the one-day walkout launched in 2,829 work plac...

Updated : 2015.04.24 16:03

Late bizman ordered evidence destruction

A late businessman accused of bribing some key aides to President Park Geun-hye and politicians is suspected of ordering a cover-up before committing suicide, prosecutors said Friday.Sung Woan-jong, chairman of a minor construction firm, Keangnam Enterprises Inc., killed himself earlier th...

Updated : 2015.04.24 16:00

Top Seoul educator fined for smear campaign

A district court has convicted Seoul's chief educator of running a smear campaign during last year's election, with the superintendent now facing a possible nullification of his election.  The Seoul Central District Court Wednesday fined Cho Hee-yeon, superintendent of the Seoul Metropoli...

Updated : 2015.04.24 09:33

Preschool private education cost soars

South Korean parents spent 3.2 trillion won ($2.9 billion) on private education programs for their preschool children last year, a 22 percent increase from the previous year, a survey showed.According...

Updated : 2015.04.23 20:24

Over 100,000 Chinese tourists to visit Korea next week

About 100,000 Chinese tourists are expected to visit South Korea next week for their national holiday, a state-run body said Thursday. According to the Korea Tourism Organization, they are anticipated to travel to Korea during the long holiday from April 30 to May 4. This is about a 20 per...

Updated : 2015.04.23 20:21

Tension escalates on eve of general strike

The tension between the government and workers is rising as local trade unions are set to hold a nationwide rally Friday to protest against the labor reform plans. Groups of left-leaning teachers and unionized public servants said they would also support the general strike, defying the gov...

Updated : 2015.04.23 20:19

Gov't to adopt wage peak system for public firms

The government has decided to implement a wage peak system for all public corporations ahead of the retirement age extension that will go into effect next year, the finance ministry said Thursday.The wage peak system is a job-sharing measure that aims to provide job security for older empl...

Updated : 2015.04.23 15:10

U.S. envoy attacker shows no remorse

Super The man who slashed the U.S. ambassador in Seoul last month said Thursday he was proud he reduced the South Korea-U.S. joint military exercises by one day. Kim Ki-jong was arrested on March 5 immediately after he attacked Mark Lippert with a knife at a breakfast meeting in Seoul.More...

Updated : 2015.04.23 14:57

Childbirths in S. Korea fall in February: data

The number of childbirths in South Korea fell in February after growing two months in a row, a government report showed Thursday, a negative turnaround for a country trying to get people to have more kids.According to the report by Statistics Korea, about 35,700 babies were born in Februar...

Updated : 2015.04.23 13:19

Number of marriages drops for 3rd year in 2014: data

The number of South Koreans tying the knot fell for the third straight year in 2014, mainly due to fewer people in the marriageable age, government data showed Thursday.According to the data by Statistics Korea, the number of marriages stood at 305,507 last year, down 5.4 percent from a ye...

Updated : 2015.04.23 13:18

Financial firms reduce temporary workers in 2014

The number of nonregular workers employed by South Korean financial firms fell 11 percent last year from a year earlier, but that of regular workers remained nearly unchanged, industry data showed Thursday.A total of 26,833 temporary workers, including part-timers and contract workers, wer...

Updated : 2015.04.23 09:52

S. Korea eyes huge influx of Chinese during May Day holiday

About 100,000 Chinese are expected to visit South Korea during the upcoming May Day holiday, having the local hospitality scene and retailers ready to embrace them, the state tourism agency here said Thursday. The number of Chinese expected to visit during the long-haul holiday for interna...

Updated : 2015.04.23 09:17

Sewol salvage work to start in September

The government on Wednesday approved plans to recover the Sewol ferry that sank off the country’s southwestern coast last April and left over 300 dead or missing. The salvage operations ― expected t...

Updated : 2015.04.22 19:13

More teenagers at risk of Internet addiction

A few years ago, Kim Seon-jung, a middle school math teacher, noticed one of his students would always jiggle his legs while he sat down in class. As his behavior became distracting, Kim told him nume...

Updated : 2015.04.22 19:03