Aerial Protest of Hyundai Motor precarious workers
CHOE, Byung-Seung & CHUN, Ui-Bong
on transmission tower in Ulsan City, Korea
CHOE won court decisions in January 2011 and February 2012, holding that he was an "illegally dispatched labour" and not "subcontracted labour". The courts recognised the worker as a full-time employee directly employed by Hyundai after he worked more than two consecutive years at the plant. However, management of Hyundai refused to implement the ruling, which it announced on August 2012. Following the company's denial, the Korean Metal Workers' Union (KMWU) initiated an industrial action for the regularisation of all subcontracted workers who work for more than two years. The company responded with lawsuits requesting damages of 16.2 billion won for strikes and sit-ins at the Ulsan, Asan, and Jeonju plants.
The ILO examined this case and requested that the government develop, in consultation with the social partners, appropriate mechanisms aimed at strengthening the protection of subcontracted/agency workers' rights, "so as to prevent any abuse of subcontracting as a way to evade in practice the exercise by these workers of their trade union rights".KCTU