Workers at South Korean shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries will go on a partial strike on Thursday afternoon demanding the recently announced restructuring plan is shelved.
Workers at the nation’s other two major yards, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and Hyundai Heavy Industries, have intimidated they will follow suit.
All three yards have announced major restructuring with thousands of employees to be laid off.
South Korean president Park Geun-Hye warned last month the nation’s shipbuilders will have to endure plenty more pain. Addressing parliament, Park said there would need to be “bone-crushing” efforts in order to resurrect Korean shipbuilding.
“If we don’t carry out a bold restructuring by downsizing the overgrown workforce… and cutting costs, the future of not only the shipbuilders but also the whole economy will be in jeopardy,” Park warned.