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Kumho Tire, union tentatively OK wage dealBy Yonhap
Published : Feb. 3, 2021 - 17:21
The tentative wage agreement comes after the company's 2,700-strong union threatened to stage a general strike to demand a wage increase and restore the bonus system in a vote held Jan. 28.
The company proposed a wage freeze and a cash bonus worth 1 million won ($900) per worker and signed a contract that guarantees job security for current workers. The union tentatively accepted the offers.
Union members will cast a ballot on the tentative deal from Friday to Saturday, union spokesman Kim Seong-jin said.
Kumho Tire didn't raise wages for 2018 and 2019, and its union members returned two months of bonuses a year and accepted reduced welfare benefits, he said.
Kumho Tire is scheduled to release its fourth-quarter and 2020 earnings results next month.
In 2018, Chinese tiremaker Qingdao Doublestar Co. acquired a 45 percent stake in the Korean tiremaker for 646.3 billion won from the state-run Korea Development Bank.
Kumho Tire has eight plants -- three in South Korea, three in China, one in Vietnam and one in the United States -- with a combined production capacity of 54.64 million tires. (Yonhap)
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