SEOUL -- Yoosung Enterprise Co. resumed production today after police broke up a week-long strike at its plant that disrupted production at Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp., South Korea's largest automakers.
Production at Yoosung's factory in Asan, southwest of Seoul, partially resumed Wednesday, the company said in a regulatory filing.
Police last night removed strikers, who had been occupying the factory, demanding better pay and working hours, said Lee Jung Hun, a spokesman for the labor union. Hyundai plans to normalize production as soon as possible, according to an e-mail from the Seoul-based company.
Kia is also working for early resumption of production, spokesman Michael Choo said by telephone from Seoul. Hyundai and Kia said Tuesday that production cuts forced by the strike could have led to 827 billion won ($756 million) in lost sales if the labor action continued through the end of this month.
Yoosung, which supplies piston rings, cylinder liners and camshafts to the automakers, halted work on May 18. Hyundai suspended production of diesel-powered Santa Fe and Tucson sport-utility vehicles May 22, and Kia's output of Carnival minivans was halted May 20 because of parts shortages, according to an e-mailed statement from the automakers Tuesday.
The Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association called on the Yoosung workers to end the strike and said they were "illegally" occupying the factory.