April 23, 2018 / 7:27 AM / a year ago

GM Korea, union reach tentative wage deal

SEOUL, April 23 (Reuters) - General Motors’ South Korean unit said that it has reached a tentative wage deal with its labour union on Monday, meeting a key condition laid down by the U.S. automaker to prevent it filing for bankruptcy for the loss-making operation.

The U.S. automaker shocked South Korea in February when it unveiled a major restructuring plan for the unit, which involved shuttering one of its four plants in the country and voluntary redundancies for 2,600 workers.

GM has sought wage concessions from the union as well as government funding and incentives to save its remaining three South Korean factories.

The board of GM Korea delayed a decision to file for court-managed bankruptcy protection until Monday evening, after the automaker failed to reach a wage deal with its labour union in time to meet a Friday deadline. (Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin Editing by Jacqueline Wong)

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