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Kia Motor unionists to go on partial strike Wednesday


GWANGMYEONG, South Korea, Aug. 20 (Yonhap) -- Unionists at South Korea's second largest carmaker Kia Motor Co. decided Tuesday to hold a partial strike this week to demand for higher wages and benefits.

Union leaders said there will be two rounds of two-hour strikes on Wednesday and the workers will return in full on Thursday.

"We have decided to stage a partial-strike for one day on Aug. 21 as a gesture to urge (the management) to sincerely negotiate," a union official said.

The union has continually demanded increased wages and benefits during 10 rounds of annual negotiations, but the talks collapsed.

Unionists will decide on an additional strike depending on how the negotiation round proceeds at the second round of labor-management talks, which is scheduled for Aug. 30, the official said.

Kia's union went on strike every year except in 2010 and 2011 since 1999, when the country's No. 2 carmaker was taken over by Hyundai following the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis.

The decision comes as unionized workers at the country's largest automaker Hyundai Motor Co. staged a partial strike on Tuesday to demand higher wages.

About 12,000 workers abandoned their tools for two hours starting at 1:30 p.m. at Hyundai's main assembly plant in Ulsan, some 410 kilometers southeast of Seoul.

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