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GM union faces big job losses but South Koreans don't care about it

GM, which employs 16,000 South Korean workers, announced in February it would close its Gunsan plant and weigh options for its three other factories in the country

Reuters  |  Bupyeong, South Korea 

When Lee Bum-yeon lost his job along with nearly 2,000 other union workers in 2001 after South Korea's Daewoo Motor went bankrupt, his neighbours at supermarkets and bakeries gave his young daughters free snacks and bread. "People felt sorry. People felt heart-broken. They were worried how we were going to make a living," 55-year-old Lee said. Now, with General Motors cutting some 2,600 jobs and threatening to leave South Korea in the absence of steep union concessions, the once sympathetic public is nowhere to be seen. "I don't think anyone is feeling ...

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First Published: Mon, April 09 2018. 11:27 IST