According to The Korea Times, Kazem oversaw the hiring of 1,719 workers that were dispatched from various automotive suppliers to work at its vehicle production plants. These partner suppliers and GM Korea allegedly created a contract to hire the workers, but did so without first seeking permission from the Korean Minister of Employment and Labor. In total, 797 workers were dispatched to the Bupyeong plant from 14 different suppliers, while 774 were sent to Changwon from eight different suppliers. The Gunsan plant had the lowest number of dispatched supplier employees, with GM sending 148 workers there from two separate suppliers.
These illegal hires began on September 1st of 2017 and continued through to December of last year. Kazem first moved into his role as CEO of GM Korea in September of 2017. He previously led GM Uzbekistan and also served as the COO of GM India for a brief period.
These workers were allegedly in charge of “direct production processes” at the plant, which includes vehicle body prep, painting and assembly. GM Korea also made a contract for the employees to perform these tasks without contacting the dispatch company beforehand, Korean Times says, creating further legal trouble for the company.
GM currently builds the Chevrolet Trax, Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Trailblazer, Buick Encore and Buick Encore GX at its Incheon plant, while Changwon handles production of the Chevrolet Spark and its export variants. The Gunsan plant closed down in 2018 but previously produced the Chevrolet Cruze and Chevrolet Orlando.Subscribe to GM Authority as we bring you the latest GM Korea news and ongoing GM news coverage.