HD Hyundai shipyard unionists launch strike vote


170,000 cubic meters of LNG-FSRU built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (KSOE)

ULSAN — Unionized workers at HD Hyundai’s three shipyards launched a joint strike vote on Monday amid little progress in their collective bargaining.

Unionists from the three shipbuilders – Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co. and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co. – are expected to vote until Wednesday, according to union officials.

This is the first time that the shipbuilders’ unions have organized a joint strike vote.

The outcome of the vote is expected on Wednesday evening, with unionized workers widely expected to vote for a strike.

The unions said they planned to discuss whether to call a strike if unionists voted yes.

Although collective bargaining is underway in each shipyard, little progress has been made so far.

The unionized workers are demanding contracts that include a 142,300 won ($99) rise in base pay and the abolition of a peak wage system.

In July, the three unions submitted a request for joint collective bargaining, but the companies say joint collective bargaining is not desirable because they are separate entities and have different situations.

HD Hyundai, formerly Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings, is a shipbuilding, oil refining and machinery conglomerate in South Korea. The three shipyards are under the wing of Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering Co., the group’s shipbuilding sub-holding.

Hyundai Heavy Industries and Hyundai Mipo Dockyard are based in the southeastern industrial port of Ulsan, while Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries is headquartered in Yeongam on the southwestern coast. (Yonhap)

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