Unionized Hyundai Motor workers are calling on the company to hire at least 10,000 full-time workers until 2025 as a large number of worker will soon reach their retirement age. The company is refusing to accept the demand, claiming that green cars, which require fewer components than internal combustion engine vehicles, are becoming the mainstream.
Specifically, a total of 17,500 unionized workers have to leave the company until 2025. The union says manpower reduction resulting from a shift to electric vehicles and hydrogen vehicles will be limited to 5,000 workers. The company's estimate of manpower reduction from technological changes is 7,000 or so.The union asserts that regardless of the difference between the two sides’ estimates, at least 10,000 persons should be newly hired.
“The number of 17,500 includes non-manufacturing employees as well as manufacturing workers and the actual reduction in the number of manufacturing workers is approximately 10,000,” the company said in response.
As electric vehicles are increasingly popularized, more and more complex auto parts such as engines and transmissions are expected to be replaced with highly modularized components such as batteries. Automakers point out that the number of parts per vehicle can be reduced from around 30,000 to about 15,000 through the process and, as such, they will not need as many workers as before.