Watershed for Hyundai sit-in
Dec. 8, 2010
(Photo by Rhee Jong-chan, Story by Lim Ji-sun)
Around 400 in-house contractors of Hyundai Motor Co. met another dawn with stiff bodies on Tuesday, the 23rd day of sit-in strike demanding regular workers’ status. The Hyundai No. 1 Factory in Ulsan they occupied has turned into ‘cold wintery island’ as company has cut off access to the strikers, in addition to cutting off access to electricity and water.
The biggest pains reported by strikers are not the cold or isolation, but starvation. Three contractors fell down from malnutrition and some 100 contractors gave up until Dec. 7 because they entered the sit-in without any preparation.
On Wednesday, regular workers of the Hyundai labor union will vote on the solidarity strike that may sway the future of this sit-in.
The Hankyoreh photographed the continued sit-in strike by in-house contractors.