Korea Gates laid-off workers meet with US Gates

▲ Reporter Kang Ye-seul

“Can you walk? Be careful of the stairs.”

A laid-off worker at Gates Korea supported a colleague who had been fasting until the end. After two weeks, worker A, who came down from the Daesung Industrial headquarters on the 11th floor of Sindorim D-Cube City, Guro-gu, Seoul, repeatedly replied, “It’s okay,” reassuring his colleagues. Although his face became pale after a long period of fasting, Mr. A laughed, saying, “It is so good to get out of here.”

On the 22nd, a dismissed worker at Gates Korea finished the hunger strike that started at the Daesung Industrial headquarters in 10 days, demanding a job succession. Fifteen workers started fasting together, but some stopped fasting due to health problems, leaving only five of them.

The Metal Workers’ Union (Chairman Ho-gyu Kim) and the Gates Korea Branch (Chairman Bung-seok Chae) meet and talk with the US Gates side via video 515 days after Gates Korea closed on December 2nd. Prior to that, he will have a practical discussion with Kim & Chang, a legal representative of Gates Korea.

Although we did not receive an answer such as ’employment succession’, it is evaluated that it is meaningful progress just by setting up a dialogue table. The branch decided to finish the protest at Daesung Industrial, which purchased the site for the Korea Gates factory. The tent demonstration in front of Sindorim D Cube City continues.

At a press conference held just before the laid-off worker came down to the first floor in Sindorim D-Cube City on that day, Chae Boong-seok said, “When I left behind my classmates a few days ago, my feelings were so heavy that I couldn’t even put it into words. I couldn’t sleep and came out, but I feel a little sorry for being negotiating with Blackstone (a private equity fund that runs Gates).”

Chairman Kim Ho-gyu said, “Daegu city should play an active mediation role in the framework of consultation created by Gates.” claimed that

Gates Korea workers were fired when US Gates decided to withdraw from South Korea in June last year due to COVID-19, and they are fighting for employment succession.


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