SEOUL -- The labor union at Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea's top auto maker, plans to vote next week to decide whether to join a strike proposed by a wider labor group, a Hyundai union official said on Wednesday.
The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), the country's second-largest labor group, with 620,000 members, has asked member unions to vote by early next month on whether to wage a strike to stop revision of the labor law.
The KCTU says the proposed revision is unfavorable to contract-based workers.
The umbrella group also opposes the government's move to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) with Japan, which will most likely help Japanese car makers gain a larger foothold in the South Korean market, dominated so far by local players.
"We'll hold a vote on Oct. 27-28 as asked by the KCTU," said an official at Hyundai's 40,000-strong union. "The date for a strike, if any, will be decided later by the KCTU."
Hyundai Motor has been at the forefront of labor disputes this year and is a key force within the KCTU.
Seoul aims to sign an FTA with Japan by the end of 2005.