Although the crisis in the domestic commercial vehicle industry is realizing, Lee Jae-myung of the Democratic Party, Yoon Seok-yeol of the People’s Power, and Ahn Cheol-soo of the People’s Party are all criticized for failing to come up with policies for the mid-to-large commercial vehicle industry.
On the 10th, the Jeonbuk Metals Countermeasures Committee (Commercial Vehicles Jeonbuk Countermeasures Committee) for Response to the Commercial Vehicle Industry Crisis and Just Industrial Transformation said, “Main presidential candidates talk about policies and people’s livelihood, but they are ignoring policy inquiries about the mid-to-large commercial vehicle industry, an important national industry. ” and urged the three candidates to respond again. Medium-to-large commercial vehicles refer to buses with 16 seats or more and trucks with 2.5 tons or more. The Jeonbuk Countermeasures Committee for Commercial Vehicles is an organization composed of workers from the Jeonju Factory Committee of the Hyundai Motor Branch of the Metal Workers’ Union, the Tata Daewoo Commercial Vehicles Association of the labor union, and 7 parts supplier.
On the 9th of last month, he sent a questionnaire to the presidential candidates of major political parties about the policy of the commercial vehicle industry and requested an answer by the 27th of the same month. Justice Party candidate Shim Sang-jung and Progressive Party candidate Kim Jae-yeon sent replies, but Lee Jae-myung, Yoon Seok-yeol, and Ahn Cheol-soo did not.
The commercial vehicle industry has a large impact on the local labor market and carbon-neutral policies, and is expected to continue to grow, so it has considerable industrial value. However, with little support and interest from the government, it is going downhill. According to the Jeonbuk Labor Policy Research Institute in September last year, commercial vehicle exports in 2020 decreased by 42.7% compared to 2019. Despite some recovery, Hyundai Motor’s Jeonju plant’s utilization rate in 2021 remained at 35%. The situation at parts makers continues to deteriorate. Exports of parts makers, which recorded $1.66 billion in 2012, decreased by 76.5% in 2019.
Candidates Sang-Jeong Shim and Jae-Yeon Kim agreed that the mid-to-large commercial vehicle industry was an ‘important national key industry’ and said that government support and industrial policy were necessary.
Candidate Jae-yeon Kim said, “For a just industrial transformation, we will establish a ‘Policy Council for the National Mid- and Large-sized Commercial Vehicle Industry Directly under the President’s Office’, which guarantees equal participation of workers, to establish future strategies and discover policies.” Candidate Sang-Jeong Shim suggested that along with the establishment of special comprehensive measures at the pan-government level, “We will form a tripartite social dialogue organization to respond to the commercial vehicle industry transition in which labor and management participate equally.”