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Deal reached after South Korean delivery drivers protest overwork

Couriers tell of 90-hour work weeks and fend off customer complaints

Delivery drivers protest in a central Seoul park against long working hours on Wednesday. (Photo by Steven Borowiec)

SEOUL -- As the hot summer sun rose over a park in the center of Seoul's financial district, thousands of delivery drivers clad in vests emblazoned with the slogan "No more deaths by overwork" sought shade under the trees. White-collar professionals toting briefcases and iced coffees passed by on their morning commutes.

As part of a nationwide strike, the drivers had spent the night on the concrete ground in the center of Yeouido Park to call attention to the harsh working conditions they endure.

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