Hyundai Motor has recently been approved by the Ministry of Employment and Labor to implement a special overtime on some production lines. The move came after the labor and management agreed to roll out the popular Genesis G80 and GV80 models faster.
Employees on the rear-wheel eight-speed transmission line and the shipping center have been working overtime since June 24. In addition to a 52-hour workweek, those on the transmission line are working eight hours more a week and those at the shipping center 10 hours more a week, Hyundai Motor said on June 29. The number of the workers working overtime now amounts to several hundreds.
A company is allowed to execute a special overtime when it is hit by a disaster or in a similar situation. It can have its employees additionally work up to 12 hours a week for up to three months.
In January, the government expanded reasons for authorizing a special overtime for companies having trouble in cutting working hours to include "management reasons." Emergency responses to unexpected situations such as facility failures and a sudden increase in workload are also reasons for approval of special overtime. If a company applies for a special overtime with the consent of workers, the government will give permission to it. It is not yet known why Hyundai Motor was approved for the special overtime.