The Busan High Court recently told the management of Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. to give wages, allowances and retirement pays by regarding bonuses as ordinary wages. The ordinary wage litigation at this company, which has lasted for more than 10 years, is about to end while the same lawsuits are in the making at others in the same industry.
The management and the union are supposed to decide whether to follow without objection by Jan. 16. If they opt to do so, current and retired employees will be given extra pay regarding the period when bonuses were not ordinary wages at the company.
On Dec. 19, 266 HJ Shipbuilding & Construction workers filed a similar suit in Seoul. Experts point out that more such suits are likely to be filed at multiple shipbuilders.