Hyundai Motor Reaches Tentative Wage Deal With South Korean Union

By Jace Dela Cruz

Jul 09, 2024 08:29 AM EDT

Hyundai Motor Co. reached a tentative wage deal with its labor union in South Korea on Monday, potentially averting a strike at its main manufacturing hub. 

According to Reuters, this development follows 46 days of negotiations between the automaker and union representatives.

Pedestrians walk past the logo of Hyundai Motor in front of a car dealership in Seoul on March 27, 2024.
(Photo : JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images)

Hyundai Reaches Tentative Deal With Union Workers

In a statement, Hyundai said the management and union reached a tentative wage agreement "without disputes" for the sixth consecutive year. The automaker further noted that the agreement also includes addressing social issues and supporting the local community.

As part of the agreement, Hyundai will increase its workers' basic monthly salary by 111,200 won (around $80.46). In addition, employees will receive bonuses, incentives, and company stocks. This deal aims to maintain labor harmony and ensure the smooth functioning of Hyundai's production lines.

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43,000 Union Members

The labor union, representing over 43,000 members, plays a pivotal role in these negotiations. They have announced that the tentative agreement will be subject to a vote by its members on Friday, a decision that will ultimately determine the final approval of the agreement. 

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