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Workplace Issues Today

Daily News for Friday, August 29, 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.

A Six-Hour Strike by Lufthansa’s Pilots Disrupts Travel

On Friday 116 flights were cancelled and over a thousand travelers’ plans were disrupted when Lufthansa’s Germanwing pilots took up a six-hour strike. The pilots protested a court ruling that changed the retirement age from 55 to 65. This is the not the first strike over this issue, a previous three-day strike in April cost the airline 60 million euros.

See “Germanwings Pilots Start Strike as Lufthansa Row Rumbles On,” by Leslie Tolf, Business Insider, Reuters, Aug 29 2014 (SEB)

Poor Conditions Lead Workers to Strike in Argentina

The Argentine Labor Union CGT called for a 24-hour long strike on Thursday over job cuts and staggering inflation rates of over 30 percent. This strike involving 25 percent of workers, affected public transportation, public administration and gas stations. The economic climate has only worsened since the general strike on April 10th with the blocking of a coupon payment by the U.S. in July.

See “Argentine Unions Stake General Strike as Economy Deteriorates,” by Alejandro Lifschitz and Sarah Marsh, Reuters, Aug 29 2014 (SEB)

Strikes in South Korea Lead Hyundai to Open a Factory in Mexico

After another dispute over wages, South Korean workers with Hyundai Motors went back to the picket lines Thursday. This followed a strike this past weekend over the same issue. Hyundai Motors has a long history of strikes with 22 walkouts in the past 26 years. With the strikes causing production issues in South Korea, Hyundai will be opening a factory in Mexico set to produce 300,000 vehicles a year.

See “Korea’s Automakers Are Moving Away from Korea,” by Bruce Einhorn, Business Week, Aug 29 2014 (SEB)