On July 4, General Motors line workers at the Gunsan, South Korea manufacturing plant are reported to be planning a partial walkout in protest of rumors that GM is planning to move Chevrolet Cruze production to Europe come 2015. The South Korean-built Cruze is distributed all over the world, though models bound for the United States and Canada are built in Lordstown, Ohio.
Last week, 79 percent of union members at GM Korea voted in favor of strike action. Union leaders state that the partial strike would carry on or halt based on progress regarding wages for the workers. Under the annual wage talks, GM Korea’s union negotiators have called for a bonus equivalent to three months’ salary and a one-time payment of 6 million Korean won ($5,300), along with a basic salary increase of 130,498 won ($114), according to Reuters.