GM’s South Korean union accepts wage deal


SEOUL (Reuters) – General Motors Co’s (GM.N) president said on Thursday that it was very close to a resolution to fix its ailing South Korean unit, as its South Korean union accepted a wage deal.

FILE PHOTO: An employee works at an assembly line of GM Korea’s Bupyeong plant in Incheon, South Korea March 29, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo

“Over the last few months, over the last few weeks a lot of very good progress has been made,” GM President Dan Ammann said in a meeting with South Korean ruling party lawmakers.

“We appreciate constructive efforts from all parties, and we stand here today very close to a resolution,” Ammann said.

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On Monday, the Detroit carmaker reached a preliminary deal with its South Korean labor union, winning concessions on pay and bonuses, allowing the money-losing operation to avoid filing for bankruptcy protection.

Unionized workers at GM Korea approved a tentative wage deal agreed with the automaker, which includes a base salary freeze and no bonuses for this year.

The automaker is currently in talks with the South Korean government over an injection of public funds to support the unit.

GM and the state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB) are considering increasing the size of their investment from a previously proposed $2.8 billion, a senior government official said on Wednesday.

The U.S. automaker owns 77 percent of GM Korea. KDB holds 17 percent and China’s SAIC Motor Corp Ltd (600104.SS) controls the remaining 6 percent.

Reporting by Jane Chung and Hyunjoo Jin; Writing by Ju-min Park; Editing by Edwina Gibbs

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