According to English language Korean news agency Business Korea, employees split up into two groups for the strike, with each group taking separate 4 hour strike shifts.
Additionally, the worker’s union said those on the production line would no longer work overtime from August 23 to August 28 and said all union staff would strike for four hours a day between August 26 and August 28.
Business Korea also reports that General Motors sent its president of international operations, Julian Blisset, to South Korea to assess the situation.
GM Korea employees previously sought a 5.6 percent wage hike, performance-based bonuses worth two and a half months of wages and a cash bonus worth $5,400 USD. GM Korea shot down that proposal, though, continuing contentious contract negotiations that began in early July.
In a statement released previously, GM Korea said slow sales both locally and internationally, along with the fact that it had to be bailed out last year, means it cannot currently offer workers a significant raise.
“At the outset of wage negotiations, the company explained that it is difficult to accept the union’s requests for a salary increase and the payment of performance bonuses due to the unfavorable business environment both internally and externally and the fact that the company has not yet returned to profitability,” the automaker said in a statement.
GM Korea currently builds the Buick Encore, Chevrolet Trax and Chevrolet Trax for local consumption and for export to the United States and elsewhere. It was also recently allocated the Buick Encore GX and Chevrolet TrailBlazer compact crossovers, production of which may be put in jeopardy if GM Korea workers were to strike.
Source: Business Korea