TWO production lines at South Korea’s Hyundai remained closed yesterday as workers continued their strike over building a new hatchback.
About 1,950 out of 3,500 workers at the Ulsan plant walked out on Friday over the car giant’s plans to shift production from the Accent model to the 4x4 Kona on one line without consultation.
Hyundai has been in discussions with the union since last month on plans for the Kona, a key model that it hopes will reverse a US sales slump.
“The company described its unilateral intention without the consent of the union. The union cannot accept such a move,” said union spokesman Hong Jae Gwan.
But Mr Hong added that there were no plans to expand the strike to the whole plant.
The Kona was launched in June amid falling sales of other models — partly due to a Chinese consumer boycott over South Korea’s hosting of US antiballistic missiles.
Hyundai is part of the world’s fifth-largest car-making group, along with its subsidiary Kia.