Korean taxi drivers start 'slow-down'
A Korean taxi driver waits near Dragon Hill Lodge April 22 at Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, Republic of Korea. The contracted drivers are not answering radio calls for service during peak hours during a labor dispute.

YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- Yongsan taxi drivers will not answer radio calls during peak hours during a labor dispute that started April 22.

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service has a contract with Arirang World Cup Taxi Ltd. to provide on-call and pick-up taxi services in Areas I and II.

"The driver's plan is not answer the radio from 6-9 a.m. and 4-7 p.m.," said AAFES Services Business Manager Kim Ae-kyong.

The wage dispute is between the contract owner and the drivers.

Arirang drivers went on a full strike for two weeks in July 2006. Since then, AAFES has contracted with another company to provide additional taxi service. However, that company does not take radio calls.

USAG-Yongsan officials are monitoring the situation and have increased post shuttle service 3-5:30 p.m. to every 15 minutes instead of every 30 minutes, said Garrison Logistics Director Lydia Grohmann.

"We also increased Hannam Village service by adding an additional shuttle bus at 4 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.," she said. "Starting April 24, we will offer another Hannam Village shuttle bus at 7:30 a.m."

Grohmann said this is a temporary measure to look out for the community during the taxi labor dispute.

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