A labor-labor conflict is emerging at Renault Samsung Motors as the company is facing a “production cliff” due to a protracted labor-management conflict. Concern about job security is growing among labor union members as the automaker’s production volume has plummeted due to a strike of the labor union.
Fifty-four percent of labor union members took part in the walkout on April 15, according to the crisis-hit automaker. The labor union has instructed its members either to participate in the partial strike or go home after the start of the strike.
Despite the union leadership’s strike decision, more than 40 percent of the union members remained at the factory and did their work.
Until last year, most labor union members had participated in the strike on wage and collective bargaining initiated by the labor union, but as the struggle has been prolonged, some union members have begun to stay away from the strike. In fact, 70 percent of labor union members took part in the strike on April 10 but the attendance rate in the walkout on April 12 dropped to 62 percent.
"The rate of participation in the recent strike has been on a steady decline," said an official at Renault Samsung Motor. “As the labor union's strike caused a sharp decline in production, there has been a disagreement among unionists."
Nevertheless, the labor union tor said that it would go on partial strike for three days including April 15 this week. Unionists will go on strike for four hours each in the daytime and nighttime on April 17 and 19.