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Workplace Issues Today

Daily News for Thursday, October 23, 2014

Selected by the Catherwood Library Reference Staff each Monday through Friday, excluding University holidays, WIT is a free alert service, providing abstracts and links to workplace-related news stories covered in the major media. Subscribe to WIT »

Established in 1999, this service also includes a searchable archive.

Workers with South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries to Strike

The shipbuilder in South Korea, Hyundai Heavy Industries, will face the first strike in the past 18 years. On Wednesday, 97 percent of the company’s 10,000 employees voted to strike after pay negotiations hit an impasse on September 19th. The union was demanding a 6.5 percent wage increase.

See “Hyundai Heavy Industries Faces First Strike in 18 Years,” The Economic Times, Oct 23 2014 (SEB)

Workers with Four U.K. Hospitals to Strike Over Working Conditions

At 4pm today, staff from the U.K. Hospitals Lyell McEwin, Queen Elizabeth, Flinders Medical Centre and Royal Adelaide will face walkouts from staff in numerous departments. These workers are demanding longer breaks between their on-call and regular shifts. Hospitals claim that the strikes will have little affect on hospital operations.

See “Adelaide Hospital Workers to Begin Strike Action Over Job Conditions,” ABC News, Oct 23 2014 (SEB)

Uber Cuts Wages to Compete with Lyft, Drivers Strike

On Wednesday, close to 2,000 Uber drivers in New York City went on strike citing “unfair policies” and “low pay”. In an effort to compete with Lyft, Uber has been cutting passenger fares. As a result, drivers with Uber only make between $7 and $12 an hour. Drivers claim that in the last month alone their wages have decreased 25 percent.

See “Uber Drivers in New York Strike to Protest Lower Pay,” by Kaja Whitehouse, New York Post, Oct 23 2014 (SEB)