Production resumed last Saturday at Hyundai Motor’s Asan plant near Seoul after a deal was reached with its labor union, a union official has confirmed. Output was halted at Hyundai’s sole facility in Korea last Thursday when an employee committed suicide there.
Media reports indicate that notes were left by this employee, saying that Hyundai is "suppressing the labor movement." The union official added that the Saturday and Sunday shifts will proceed as planned.
This facility builds the top-selling Sonata and Grandeur sedans. In a statement, Hyundai said that this employee, whose family name is Park, claimed in his note that the automaker prevented him from fulfilling his tasks as a union representative.
Union spokesman Chang Kyu Ho said that Park’s family will receive compensation that’s equal to what would have been given if he had met an industrial accident. He said that talks between company and union on the working terms will begin soon.
The yearly talks over wages will also start soon. Last May, production was suspended by Hyundai Motor and subsidiary Kia Motors Corp because of a strike at one of its parts suppliers.
Hyundai said that the Asan plant can produce up to 1,200 Sonata midsize sedans and Grandeur premium sedans daily. It has a capacity of up to 240,000 vehicles annually.