GM Korea, Auto Union Reach Tentative Wage Agreement To Avoid Bankruptcy5
GM Korea extended its bankruptcy filing from Friday to Monday for one last round of negotiations with the auto union. The two sides have reached a tentative wage agreement, which will keep the local business from filing for bankruptcy.
The Washington Post reported on the tentative agreement on Monday, and the union will vote on the deal later this week.
With a tentative agreement in place, it also opens up funding from the state-owned Korean Development Bank. The KDB owns a 17 percent share of GM Korea and has been conducting due diligence to ensure the unit can survive on its own without continued incentives.
“Ratification of the tentative agreement is critical to our viability plan and securing support of the Korean government and our shareholders, KDB and GM,” GM Korea CEO Kaher Kazem said in a statement. “The labor union has demonstrated its commitment and we continue to work with our other key stakeholders to gain their support.”
According to the preliminary details, GM Korea and the union held 14 rounds of talks and finally reach a positive conclusion for the remaining South Korean facilities. GM Korea will freeze wages, cancel some bonuses and reduce some benefits.
GM will allocate production of new SUV models as well. The production will stabilize GM Korea’s facilities, though 680 workers from the soon-to-be-closed Gunsan plant will be out of work.
However, GM and the union agreed to encourage the workers affected to voluntarily leave GM Korea through severance or attempt to place them at other production sites.
As for the new product, Barry Engle, GM’s executive vice president said the models are “important” and will be mostly shipped abroad.
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I guess the next Trax and Encore won’t be coming to North America after all…
Glad to see everyone has managed to survive altogether. Just hope that this will be sustainable…
And GM Global, in this time, deal with Korean manufacturer wisely: you guys haven’t done that way in recent years. Give them proper marketing, proper economic strategies and structures, proper medels that let GM Korea be sustainable. They are the ways of making decent profits you want so deadly.
Lordstown could’ve used those SUV’s to survive in Ohio.
Hope they can, too: Lordstown still have a chance, at least I guess 😉
If the bankers are shareholders you just know GMK won’t survive.
Banks = profits at all costs; SK labor unions = high wages at all costs.
These two are a paradox in business. Bye bye GM Korea!