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Hyundai Motor workers stage strike for 2nd day

All News 11:30 July 20, 2016

SEOUL, July 20 (Yonhap) -- Workers at Hyundai Motor Co. rallied for their second day of partial strikes on Wednesday, pressing the country's largest automaker to accept their demand for a pay raise and better working conditions.

They walked off the job for four hours from 11:30 a.m. at the company's plant in Ulsan and other facilities. On Tuesday, they also launched a four-hour strike.

Last week, a majority of the automaker's some 48,000 unionized workers voted for a strike as their talks with the company's management over a wage increase and other issues were ruptured.

The workers will also put down their tools for four hours a day on Thursday and Friday. Hyundai Motor estimates some 40 billion won (US$35 million) a day in production losses due to the partial strike.

Meanwhile, unionized workers at its affiliate Kia Motors Corp. are also considering joining a partial strike on Friday, according to industry sources.

Kia's 31,000-member union voted for a strike earlier this month.

South Korea's ruling Saenuri Party urged that Hyundai Motor workers 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," 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."

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