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[PDF] Unfair Play! Labour Relations at Hyundai [So. Korea]

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Hyundai Motor Group to respond. The company did not respond] Hyundai remains a relic from the times of dictatorship that...controlled South Korea up to 1987...The management structure is autocratic and authoritarian. Democratically elected representation of the interests of the workplace is rejected, as is constructive co-operation with trade unions. In day-to-day operation this leaves the employees exposed to the whims of their managers, usually without any form of protection. The result is that labour relations at Hyundai are more confrontational than any other car manufacturer...[I]n other locations too the management exploits every conceivable possibility either to make trade unions activities more difficult or to prevent them altogether.