Unionized Renault Samsung Motors workers turned down the tentative wage and collective bargaining agreement that their leaders and the management reached in 11 months. Their unexpected refusal took both sides aback. The workers are planning to go on strike on May 27.
Earlier, the workers announced on May 14 that they would go on an indefinite all-out strike if the agreement is voted down. They expressed their discontent with the agreement by vote on May 21 and the strike is likely to take place as scheduled. The leaders and the management began to work on the agreement in June last year and the workers staged strikes for 250 hours in total on 62 different occasions from October 2018 to April 2019 as their negotiations showed no signs of ending soon. The strikes resulted in 14,320 cars behind production schedule worth 280.6 billion won, which is equivalent to 5 percent of the automaker’s sales for 2018.
Previously, it was expected that the workers would give their consent to the tentative agreement. However, it turned out the other way around. Under the circumstances, the top executives are getting the jitters. The company supplies the Nissan Rogue on a contract manufacturing basis until the end of this year and is planning to replace it with the Renault XM3. This plan may be thwarted if the discord in the company continues. It is already said that Renault is going to manufacture the XM3 in Spain. Renault is currently running its own official website in South Korea separately from Renault Samsung Motors’.