Czechia - Sharp rise in minimum wage didn’t cause increase in unemployment - June 1, 2019

The trade union network for Hyundai and Kia met in Ostrava with participants from Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, India, Korea, Brazil and Turkey. A common theme of the meeting was poor relations with the company. Hyundai tried to thwart the meeting. The auto director for the Korean Metal Workers’ Union (KMWU), explained the company’s hostility from the oppositional labour relations in Korea. The Indian delegation from Hyundai was prevented to travel but participated through a video call. The meeting resolved to seek a global framework agreement (GFA) with the companies as a way to build the network and improve conditions across the company’s operations.

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