Hyundai strike hit with police repression in South Korea

Riot police have broken up a strike and occupation of Yoosung Enterprise factory in Asan, south of Seoul.

Around 3000 riot police have attacked 500 strikers staging a sit-in at the factory, which manufactures piston rings for Hyundai, Kia, Renault and General Motors in South Korea.

The majority of occupiers have been arrested, with the remaining strikers and their supporters being dispersed by the police.

I love yellow monitors! The wildcat strike in Hyundai factory in Czech

Hyundai plant in the Czech Republic

An analysis of a wildcat work stoppage in Hyundai factory in Czech in December 2009 and its context. It was published in Tridni kniha (paper of Kolektivne proti kapitalu). It was distributed in front of the factory and posted by a Hyundai worker on a internet forum of Hyundai employees.

[b]When the strike broke out in Hyundai on 2 December and made factory monitors yellow as a sign of production stopping, it was a slap in the face for the bosses. But not only that. The cry of “I love yellow monitors!”, which appeared on the internet, says it all.

Leaflet: The struggle in Nošovice was started by workers. It belongs to them!

Today we distributed a leaflet in front of the Hyundai factory in Nošovice, where there was a wildcat strike recently (check out this article by the Slovak IWA section, Priama akcia, for more information). This is a rough English translation of the text.

First things first: we don't work at Nošovice. We are a workers' group though, we support workers who refuse to be pushed around, we are following the situation in car industry in the Czech Republic, we know the experience of workers involved in struggles in Italian or French car factories, we have contacts with auto workers in Korea.

Wildcat strikes of Czech workers in Hyundai and Dymos get massive attention

Around 20 workers left the welding shop in Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech in Nošovice near Frýdek-Místek (Czech Republic) during their shift on Tuesday 1st of December 2009. One day later there was an hourly wildcat strike in assembly hall at the same company. On 3rd December workers in Huyndai subcontactor Dymos organised an hourly work stoppage too. On 7th December the union called a “strike emergency” (a symbolic pre-strike measure to warn the management that unless they start negotiations a real strike action will be called) in Hyundai.

We informed about these strikes on our website on 3rd of December. In this article we try to sum up what actually happened, what positive and negative results we can see so far and how other workers can help.

Hyundai workers wildcat in South Korea

Hyundai workers in previous strike

Workers at Hyundai (HMC) Ulsan plant in South Korea were on wildcat last week for higher wages.

The following is a report from a contact in Ulsan:

Police seek arrest of Korean union leader

South Korean police said Monday they plan to seek a warrant to arrest the head of the union of Hyundai Motor Co., the country's No. 1 carmaker, for an alleged assault at a company event.

Arrest warrants will be sought for Park Yu-ki, the Hyundai Motor union leader, and two other union members over their alleged violence at the company's New Year ceremony on Jan. 4, police officials in this southeastern industrial city said.

South Korea: General strike

Unions in South Korea launched a general strike today after the passage of a temporary workers bill by the National Assembly.

The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions began a full nationwide strike at 1 p.m., protesting parliament’s approval of the non-regular workers bill that unionists claim will increase the number of temporary laborers.

It said that a total of 150,000 unionists at over 150 workplaces, including 40,000 workers at Hyundai/Kia Motors, took part in strikes across the country.