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Hardline leader takes command of Kia union as automation threatens human jobs

Militant leadership has taken command of the union at Kia Corp., following the same movement in bigger sibling Hyundai Motor, stoking concerns about renewed labor unrest at automobile manufacturing sites grappling with ongoing virus and chip supply bottleneck woes amid faster transition to automation that could replace human jobs. Newly elected hardline leader Hong Jin-seong vowed to employ the complete salary system that guarantees an overtime premium for 30 hours, convert the Gwangmyeong factory into a plant exclusive for electric vehicles, and stop the vehicle sale online. Earlier, Hyundai Motor’s unionized members also chose hardliner Ahn Hyun-ho as their leader.

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