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Saenuri urges Hyundai workers to end strike

All News 11:00 July 20, 2016

SEOUL, July 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's ruling Saenuri Party said Wednesday that the unionized workers at Hyundai Motor Co., the country's top automaker, should end the latest strike, adding such actions are hurting numerous subcontractors.

"The average annual wage of Hyundai Motor workers stands at 96 million won (US$83,900)," Chung Jin-suk, the floor leader of the party said. "Due to (the strike) of such high-income earners, those working at subcontractors that supply parts to Hyundai (and do not get paid as much) are being hurt."

Unionized workers of Hyundai Motor and Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., a major shipyard in the country, have been staging partial strike since Tuesday, demanding improvements in working conditions.

Chung also pointed out workers at Hyundai Heavy also receive an average annual wage of 78.26 million won.

The party leader then said Hyundai Motor has been staging strikes for five straight years now and that unions should refrain from making strikes "habitual."

"The strike is expected to cost Hyundai Motor 39 billion won on a daily basis. Hyundai Heavy may also face massive losses if the strike continues," the lawmaker warned.

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