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Wildcat Strike at Hyundai Motor Company, Ulsan : Mar 3 2008
 SWLK    | 2008·03·10 01:35 | HIT : 62,948
On Monday the 3rd March 2008, there was a kind of wildcat strike in HMC Ulsan plant. HMC Ulsan
plant has five final assembly plants. This strike was broken at the 1st plant which has been the militant
vanguard in the history of HMC workers' struggle.

In each shift(day-night), regular workers go on strike for the last hour of an 8- hour shift. On the day
shift 800 workers participated in the strike-assembly, and on the night shift 1,200 workers did. The
number of total regular workers in the 1st plant is about more than 3,000, and all of them are union
members. Thus two thirds of regular-contract workers participated in the strike-assembly. (The number
of casual workers in the 1st plant is less than 800. They did not participate the strike-assembly, even
though the product-line was stopped. They were merely scattered.)

The leading group of this strike were the representatives of HMC regular workers' union. Each of them
represents about 100 unionists. They stopped the product-line ignoring the legal procedure both in
labor-law and the union-statutes.

On the 4th(Tue), the strike was stopped after long debates among the representatives. The militant
representatives could not win out over the  bureaucratic representatives. But it has not yet ended.
There are some possibilities that another wildcat strike will break out sooner or later.

The workers' demand can be summarized as a decent wage now that HMC has reduced production
capacity in Korea. The bureaucratic solution is to ask the boss for more production capacity. The militant
solution is demanding a decent wage having nothing to do with production capacity.

Members of the recently-formed HMC rank-and-file opposition, uniting for the first time regular and
casual workers, played key roles in the strike.
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 Wildcat Strike at Hyundai Motor Company, Ulsan : Mar 3 2008  SWLK 08·03·10 62948
1  Message for Solidarity of "Socialist Workers League of Korea" toward Revolutionary Socialists and Militants of All Countries  SWLK 08·03·10 19702
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