The network's employees have been on a mass general strike for the past few months and are expected to continue into the new year for the first time ever. The KBS branch of Korea's media labor union, which is striving for a recovery of fair broadcast, reaffirmed its intention to maintain a full-scale general strike.
However, in order to speed up the return normalization after the general strike, the PDs in the variety and drama sectors have decided to temporarily suspend the strike and will return to the production sites starting January 1.
The labor union said, "These measures are to protect the rights of the viewers and to build a new future for KBS. We based our decision on the thought that it is time to prepare for KBS's normalization little by little as the dismissal of the President Ko Dae Young is also in sight." They also stated, "If President Ko Dae Young is not dismissed by the fourth week of January, both variety and drama members of the union will strike once again, more strongly."