Hyundai employees to strike in support of offshore colleagues

Disatisfaction with Hyundai Heavy Industries' cost reduction efforts impacting offshore employees is spreading to employees on the yard's other divisions, which will now join the strikes.

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Employees at South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world's largest, will strike for several hours Wednesday in protest against the treatment of their offshore colleagues, reports South Korean news media Yonhap.

Hyundai Heavy Industries is strained by the fact that the yard has not received an order in over 48 months. The yard is therefore striving to enter deals for voluntary resignations and is pushing for an unpaid leave scheme for the remaining employees within offshore.

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