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Hyundai Gets Riot Police to Break Strike Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Wed, May 25, 2011, 06:35 AM

Auto Doosoo.bmpHyundai Motors Corp. persuaded the South Korean government to deploy 3,000 riot police to break a strike at a car parts factory, while South Korean taxpayers foot the bill. President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea had previously been employed by Hyundai before pursuing his political career.

According to BBC News, “more than 3,000 riot police moved in to disperse protesters at the Yoosung Enterprise factory in Asan, south of Seoul, Korea’s Yonhap news agency said.”

Approximately 500 workers were staging a sit-in at the factory, since last week after wage negotiations fell apart. South Korea’s top automaker, Hyundai had warned it was facing severe disruption in production.

As reported by the BBC, “Yoosung manufactures piston rings, which are key components in car engines. Hyundai had already suspended car production of diesel engines at its Ulsan plant and warned earlier on Tuesday it could also have to stop production of petrol or gasoline engines.”

It subsidiary car manufacturer Kia Motors, had also been anticipating a supply disruption.

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