Tag: trade unions

U.S. Senator to Goodyear: Workers are ‘tired of this corporate race to the bottom’

U.S. Senator to Goodyear: Workers are ‘tired of this corporate race to the bottom’

18th September 2019 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Senator representing the home state of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has written to the tyre maker, imploring it to improve the renumeration and treatment it gives workers at its plant in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. Sherrod Brown, Senator for Ohio, urged Richard Kramer, Goodyear’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, to “take immediate steps” to improve both. He also criticised Goodyear’s decision to recently prevent Members of the United States Congress from touring the facility.

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Tom Conway appointed USW international president

17th July 2019 | 0 Comments

Thomas M. Conway has succeeded Leo W. Gerard as international president of the United Steelworkers union (USW). He became the eighth person to hold this position at a ceremony held on 15 July.

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Hankook Tire: Operations in Hungary continuing despite strike

Hankook Tire: Operations in Hungary continuing despite strike

13th March 2019 | 0 Comments

Yesterday the Federation of Chemical Workers of Hungary (VDSZ) announced the start of an indefinite strike at the Hankook Tire factory in Rácalmás, Hungary. With this measure, the trade union is placing pressure upon the tyre maker to modify the terms of the wage increase it announced for 2019. What then is Hankook Tire offering plant workers, and why doesn’t the VDSZ like it?

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Hankook: Union calls for indefinite strike in Hungary tyre plant

12th March 2019 | 0 Comments

As reported yesterday, wage negotiations between management at Hankook Tire’s factory in Rácalmás, Hungary and the union representing plant workers have reached a stalemate. Today, the Federation of Chemical Workers of Hungary (VDSZ) announced the start of an indefinite strike at the factory.

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Further strike action expected at Hankook Tire plant in Hungary

11th March 2019 | 0 Comments

The trade union representing workers at Hankook Tire’s factory in Hungary warns further strikes will take place unless pay rise demands are met. In a statement, the Federation of Chemical Workers of Hungary (VDSZ) warns that strikes could occur as soon as today.

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Mislabelled tyres sold in the UK

Mislabelled tyres sold in the UK

20th August 2018 | 0 Comments

The UK didn’t participate in the MSTyre15 project, yet we’ve gained a better understanding of tyre labelling non-compliance here thanks to freedom of information (FOI) requests made by Unite, the trade union representing many employed within the automotive sector in Britain and Ireland. In separate FOI responses, it was confirmed to Unite that no legislation exists to enforce Regulation (EC) No. 1222/2009 and that mislabelled tyres have been sold in the UK.

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Kumho Tire deadline approaching

26th March 2018 | 0 Comments

It won’t be a Good Friday for Kumho Tire if an agreement between its creditors and the labour union representing its workforce isn’t reached by the end of this week. Friday 30 March is the deadline set for a formal consensus regarding the sale of a 45 per cent share in the tyre maker to China’s Qingdao Doublestar Tire for KRW 646.3 billion (£421.7 million).

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Korea Development Bank could halt Kumho restructuring, trigger receivership

12th January 2018 | 0 Comments

Kumho Tire has been attempting to downsize for a possible sale, according to the Korea Times. At the same time, the Korea Development Bank (KDB) is threatening to withdraw support for Kumho Tire unless the tyremaker can agree restructuring terms with its trade unions. And this in turn could trigger receivership.

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Union asks South Korea to address Kumho Tire’s employee relations in USA

6th October 2017 | 0 Comments

Leo W. Gerard, president of US-based trade union the United Steelworkers (USW), has sent a letter to South Korea’s President in which he raises concerns about Kumho Tire’s dealings with its workforce in the United States. The USW comments that this correspondence with Moon Jae-in addresses Kumho’s “union-busting actions towards its workers” and asks the South Korean government to intervene and “ensure that the workers are free to exercise their democratic rights.”

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GMB demands cabinet secretary meeting after Bridgend JLR engine announcement

28th September 2017 | 0 Comments

The production of Jaguar Land Rover engines at Bridgend’s Ford Engine plant will end three months earlier than expected in September 2020. The union for motor industry workers, GMB, says the news could see more than 1,100 jobs lost at Bridgend Ford alone, and has requested an urgent meeting with the cabinet secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates, to discuss how best safeguard jobs in the motor industry.

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Hankook Korean union votes for strike: reports

25th August 2015 | 0 Comments

Hankook could be the subject of the first strike action in its history after 86.3 per cent of its union members voted for industrial action, newspaper Korea Joongang Daily reports. The vote, with ballots cast by 4,430 out of 4,700 union members between 21 and 23 August, comes after management proposed an annual wage hike of 1 per cent.

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Belshina factory idled due to apparent Asian import competition

1st April 2015 | 0 Comments

The Belshina tyre plant is scheduled to re-start production today (1 April 2015) after production ceased on 26 March, according to the Belarusian Independent Trade Union various (BITU), in a move that is seen as indicative of wider economic concerns and is blamed on low-cost Asian tyre imports. Artur Mikhalap, BITU chairman, commented: “The plant stopped completely, reason unknown to me, but the thinking is the same as in most enterprises - no market. Warehouses are filled up. According to my information the plant stopped only for five days, until April 1.

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