Workers at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) went on strike on 4 September and are planning more industrial action this month.
From 0800-1200hrs local time on 4 September, HHI workers refused to work, causing the world’s biggest shipbuilder to suspend production at its Ulsan yard. That followed a previous strike on 26 August.
A joint strike with workers from South Korea’s two other major shipbuilders, Samsung HI and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, is also planned for 9 September.
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The three shipbuilders are facing difficulties as the downturn in the oil and gas industry has hurt demand for drillships and offshore plants that are their specialities.
The workers are protesting against their employers’ decision to freeze salaries and slash jobs.
From the 10 to 16 September, HHI’s staff from its business department also plan to stop work for a few hours each day.
Meanwhile, the union of HHI subsidiary Hyundai Mipo Dockyard will hold a vote on 11 September to decide on industrial action, citing tough wage negotiations with the management. If the strike proceeds, it would be the first time since 2004 that HMD workers take industrial action.