Hyundai and Posco’s operations hit by intensifying South Korea trucker strike


The operations of Hyundai Motor and steelmaker Posco are struggling provide chain disruptions as 1000’s of South Korea’s truckers escalated a strike on Friday.

About 7,800 members — or roughly a 3rd of the truckers’ union — are anticipated to affix the four-day strike, based on Seoul’s transport ministry, piling stress on the nation’s ports and container depots.

The truckers are demanding that President Yoon Suk-yeol’s new authorities lengthen momentary guidelines that assure freight charges amid increased gasoline costs. The guidelines, which have been established two years in the past, are set to run out on the finish of 2022.

The widening strike threatens to place additional pressure on world provide chains snarled by China’s coronavirus lockdowns and the conflict in Ukraine. South Korean shipments of uncooked supplies for semiconductors and petrochemical merchandise, in addition to vehicles, metal and cement, are anticipated to be sharply curtailed.

“We are refusing to deliver products regardless of the industries and are seeing broader effects as the strike goes on for days,” stated Park Gui-ran, an official with the Cargo Truckers Solidarity union. About 6 per cent of the nation’s 420,000 truckers belong to the union, based on authorities estimates.

Experts stated the strike may final for weeks, slowing industrial actions in Asia’s fourth-largest financial system. Operations on the nation’s Busan and Ulsan ports have additionally been slowed by the strike, the transport ministry stated.

Hyundai Motor has already suffered partial manufacturing disruption at its crops in Ulsan as unionised truckers refused to ship components and assembled autos.

The firm is “closely monitoring the situation and we hope to normalise production soon to minimise the impact on our customers”, Hyundai stated in an announcement.

Steelmaker Posco stated it has been unable to ship about 35,000 tonnes of metal merchandise a day due to the strike, a few third of its ordinary day by day shipments.

Analysts warned of larger manufacturing losses if the strike was protracted. “It is too early to talk about the scale of disruption but production losses could become serious if the strike lasts more than a week,” stated Chung Sung-yop, an analyst at Daiwa Capital Markets.

President Yoon has urged strikers to not use violence and stated he “will handle any illegal activities by workers by the law”. Police have arrested about 30 union members for disrupting product deliveries. The authorities has mobilised state and army autos to minimise the disruption to logistics.

“It looks difficult to reach a compromise soon because union members are adamant about their demands while the government stresses law,” stated Lee Hang-koo, an adviser on the Korea Automotive Technology Institute.