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UAW PLANS DEMONSTRATION TO BACK KOREAN WORKERS STRIKING HYUNDAI


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UAW PLANS DEMONSTRATION TO BACK KOREAN WORKERS STRIKING HYUNDAI

By Mark Kleis

Korea and the U.S. have been sharing many headlines lately, especially in the auto industry, but this time the United Auto Workers Union (UAW) is also getting in on the action by taking up the cause of many Hyundai workers currently striking in Korea.

Following a strike that began on November 15th by temporary workers that are demanding fair wages from Hyundai – despite their status as temporary workers – the UAW has decided that it will support the Korean workers by holding a demonstration at the Hyundai America Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The rally, set to begin Monday afternoon, aims to raise questions about Hyundai’s practice of subcontracting workers in an effort to keep costs down.

The specific strike in Korea began after a Hyundai subcontractor told its workers that it would be closing down and terminating their contracts. The only way the workers could continue employment would be to quit the union and then be eligible to be re-hired. To compound the situation, alleged thugs from the subcontracting company then attacked protesters and even prevented them from going to work.

UAW defines its cause

The UAW explains on its official Web site that more than one in five Hyundai workers are hired as temporary workers, known as “precarious workers” in Korea. This practice allows Hyundai to keep labor costs down by avoiding normal union-rates for all of its workers, and effectively creates a two-tier pay system.

“Precarious workers should be treated the in the same manner and have the full rights of regular Hyundai workers. The UAW and our sister unions around the globe will be standing with these workers until Hyundai stops the violence and repression of these workers and recognizes them as regular Hyundai workers,” said UAW President Bob King.

One thing the UAW did not explain on its Web site, however, was how it viewed the difference of using a two-tier pay system in the U.S. that it recently agreed to for several plants, and the system in Korea that effectively creates the same – or at least similar – net results.

link:

http://www.leftlanenews.com/uaw-plans-demonstration-to-back-korean-workers-striking-hyundai.html

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