January 19, 2019

GM Korea workers OK annual wage deal

PUBLISHED : January 09, 2018 - 17:32

UPDATED : January 09, 2018 - 17:32

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[THE INVESTOR] Unionized workers at GM Korea on Jan. 9 accepted wage terms offered by the company, sealing long-drawn wage negotiations.

In a vote, 69.2 percent of 12,340 union members who cast ballots supported the tentative agreement signed by the company and the union last month, GM Korea said in a statement.

“The company has experienced significant challenges in 2017, which will continue in 2018,” GM Korea President and CEO Kaher Kazem said. “We are focused on turning our Korean business around, and it is our hope to develop a profitable and sustainable future for GM Korea.”

Under the agreed terms, GM Korea workers will receive an increase of 50,000 won (US$47) in basic monthly salary, a lump-sum payment of 6 million won ($5,600) on Feb. 14 and a 4.5 million won performance bonus on April 6, the statement said.

The company and its labor union agreed to commence wage negotiations for the year 2018 immediately to avoid any production losses and to seek profitability, it said.

By Alex Lee and newswires (

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