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Labor Problems Mount for Kia and Hyundai

Workers ramp up protest strikes.

by on Aug.26, 2013

Hyundai workers strike this month. Photo credit: NewsChannel Asia.

Labor trouble continues to hobble production at both Kia and Hyundai, according to new reports from South Korea.

Both Kia and its South Korean partner, Hyundai, are seeing their market share reduced this year because of vehicle shortages that have been attributed, at least in part, to sporadic labor disputes at South Korean factories. Executives at both Kia and Hyundai have acknowledged vehicle shortages have reduced inventories and made it more difficult to keep up with the growing global sales.

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Saturday production was halted in March at two of Kia’s three assembly plants  in South Korea and at all plants of its larger affiliate Hyundai , amid union protests over a new shift structure.  The weekend shifts resumed in May at Hyundai and in June at Kia, after some management concessions.