Kia Motors Union Seeks to Reach Wage Pact as Early as Today

Labor union officials for workers at Kia Motors Corp. (000270), South Korea’s second-biggest carmaker, said they hope to hammer out a wage agreement with management as early as today.

Union officials and company representatives of Seoul-based Kia will meet at 3 p.m. in an effort to reach a new agreement covering wages for 2011 after a majority of employees rejected a pact proposed two weeks ago, according to a statement on the website of the union for Kia workers.

Michael Choo, a spokesman for Kia, declined to comment.

Kia Motors shares rose 0.3 percent to 70,200 won as of 2:35 p.m. in Seoul, compared with a 0.5 percent gain in the benchmark Kospi index.

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