Daewoo Shipbuilding workers get new wage deal

Daewoo Shipbuilding workers stage protest, demand higher pay 

Daewoo Shipbuilding. PHOTO CREDIT: Cnss

 

Unionized workers at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. have approved a wage deal, the shipbuilder said Friday, ending months of negotiations that led to series of strikes.

Daewoo Shipbuilding said 62 percent of 5,277 workers approved the wage and collective agreement that includes a 1.1 percent increase in base pay and other bonus payments. The management and labor union reached the tentative deal on Tuesday.

The two sides held 37 rounds of wage negotiations since May to reach the agreement.

Daewoo Shipbuilding is the second major shipyard after Samsung Heavy Industries Co. to finalize its wage deal this year. Industry leader Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. has yet to reach a wage agreement.

Despite reaching the wage deal, Daewoo Shipbuilding workers said they will continue their efforts to stop the company’s merger with Hyundai Heavy, citing that it hurts the workers’ job security.

In March, Hyundai Heavy signed a formal deal, worth an estimated 2 trillion won (US$1.7 billion), to buy Daewoo Shipbuilding.

Source: Yonhap