SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ Operations at Kia Motors Corp.'s main
factory were returning to normal Monday after workers at the South
Korean carmaker urged their colleagues at Kia subcontractors to end
a lengthy sit-down strike, the company said.
About 100 workers from some 20 of the carmaker's subcontractors
began occupying a paint shop at Kia's main Hwaseong plant, south of
Seoul, on Aug. 23 to press for higher wages and other demands.
The strike shut down production fully for one day and affected
production for another six workdays before the workers agreed early
Monday to end their action.
``Kia workers had strongly urged the occupying workers to leave
the paint shop'' and they accepted the request, the company said in
Kia, an affiliate of Hyundai Motor Co., the world's sixth-largest
automaker, said it will focus on increasing sales through stable
production for the rest of the year.
The subcontractors mainly manufacture automotive parts for Kia.
Kia's Hwaseong plant accounts for 42 per cent of the company's