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Hyundai Motor Faces Looming Strike Imperiling Momentum

For Hyundai Motor Co., Moon Yong Moon’s labor protests during the 1990s became such a nuisance that South Korea’s largest carmaker laid him off three times. The strategy didn’t work.

Moon, 46, leader of Hyundai Motor’s labor union, is threatening the automaker with its first strike since 2008 unless the Seoul-based company increases wages and reduces working hours. Yesterday, more than 70 percent of the 45,000-member guild voted in favor of empowering Moon and Hyundai’s union leaders to stage walkouts.