Czech Republic - Strike threat called off after settlement - December 15, 2009

Unions at the Czech plant of South Korean car maker Hyundai gave up their threat to go on strike after reaching an agreement with management, a company spokesman said. Unions declared a strike alert after accusing managers of imposing too much overtime and complaining about poor working conditions. The spokesman added that the company would not sanction about 400 staff at the plant that stopped working for an hour in protest against low salaries and overtime earlier this month. A news agency quoted Hyundai unions' head Radek Kuchar as saying his side was happy with "most of the agreement", adding "What we have achieved is that the people won't be sanctioned and overtime work will be reduced to a minimum." One day before the settlement, the KOVO union federation to which the Czech Hyundai unions are affiliated, said it was going to inform the International Metalworkers' Federation (IMF) about the situation at the car maker.

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