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Hyundai workers stage first strike in 4 years

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 01:07

July 13 - Workers at South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co stage a partial strike after annual wage talks collapsed over pay and working conditions. Hayley Platt reports.

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A rare site in South Korea - more than 5,000 car workers at Hyundai's factory go on strike. The eight-hour partial walkout is the first at the carmaker in 4 years. The country's Metal Workers Union is demanding higher pay, better conditions and shorter working hours. (SOUNDBITE)(Korean) SECRETARY OF EXTERNAL RELATIONS AT METAL UNION'S HYUNDAI BRANCH, KWON O-IL, SAYING: "The key issues include day-and-night shifts, the rights of temporary workers and the distribution of bonus'-- and our union demands social responsibility." The union says temporary workers don't receive the same benefits as their permanent colleagues or adequate insurance. And they want overnight shifts to be scrapped altogether. The company, says the stoppage will cost Hyundai an estimated 4,300 vehicles in lost production, worth over 75 million dollars. The union will decide on Monday whether to take any further action. Hayley Platt, Reuters.

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Hyundai workers stage first strike in 4 years

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 01:07