Strike at DSME ends

One of the most debilitating acts of shipyard industrial action has come to an end, with production now back up to speed at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea.

Subcontract workers at Korea’s number three shipbuilder agreed on Friday to end their 51-day strike after accepting a much smaller wage hike than demanded as well as job guarantees.

Subcontractors had occupied the main dock at the shipyard for the past seven weeks, hammering the yard’s production schedule with top management warning the protests had cost hundreds of millions of dollars in losses.

“We will put all our capabilities into making up for delayed production, and work harder for a co-operative co-existence with subcontractors,” DSME said in a statement.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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