Possible strike action looms at HMM and demonstration on board at the Busan New Port. HMM, one among the most important container transportation and shipping companies in South Korea , faces a strike threat posed by the union for a pay increase. A vote passed with 98 percent of unionized land-based workers in favor of the strike earlier in the week . along side the HMM Seafarer’s Union which had already voted in favor of a strike last week, both unions met with the management of HMM today (Sept 1) at 2:00 pm and are within the process of further negotiations.
Whether or not the primary strike in history are going to be initiated will depend upon the result of the wage negotiations. Meanwhile, workers are prepared to act if wage negotiations fail. As reported by the HMM union, an indication are going to be held today (Sept 1) from 8:00 pm to 11:59 pm at the Busan New Port Hyundai Pier/Hanjin Pier and at the Busan Sinseondae Pier. The demonstration will continue on September 2 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. so as to suits the Seafarers Act, it had been decided that the demonstrations will happen onboard the Hyundai Brave and therefore the HMM Rotterdam on September 1st, and onboard the HMM Gdansk on September 2nd.