General Motors and South Korea have officially saved GM Korea from an uncertain future for the time being, but not everyone is happy. GM currently employs 2,000 temporary workers who have long argued they should be brought on as full-time employees. To show their displeasure, the group stormed a news conference minutes before its planned start time.
Reuters reported on Sunday that workers protested and stormed the venue about 15 minutes before the conference was set to begin. Around a dozen workers made their way into the building and began chanting and picketing.
Both GM Korea and GM International were to take part in the news conference, and the briefing was scheduled as the first following GM Korea’s new labor deal for the local union and the GM-South Korea bailout package.
The clash between temp workers and GM Korea dates back to last February. Then, a South Korean court said GM should recognize temporary workers as full-time employees. GM has since appealed the verdict. The temporary workers fear job cuts following GM Korea’s restructuring and bailout package.