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A temporary worker hired by Hyundai has committed suicide, after having allegedly lost his job because the firm wanted to avoid hiring him on a regular basis, local media reports. The car maker has previously hit the headlines with two workers tying themselves to pylons in order to stage a protest against the company’s temporary staffing practices.
The Hankyoreh writes that a 29-year old former Hyundai worker killed himself after losing out on a permanent job. The father of the deceased, Gong Byeon-sun, told the newspaper: “They kept pressuring him to accept a temporary position, saying that if he refused he would have to submit his resignation. They also promised him a two-year contract if he came in as a temporary worker.”
His son had worked at Hyundai since 2008, switching to a temporary contract in July last year before being fired in January. The father believes that Hyundai let him go to avoid having to hire him on a regular basis.
“My son knew that in about two years there would be a lot of Hyundai Motor employees retiring at the mandatory age. He was hoping that if he could keep working as a contract worker for those two years that he would be regularized,” he said. “But after he had been working there for two years total, including his time at the in-house subcontractor, Hyundai decided to let him go after his year-and-a-half contract expired.”
Another Hyundai worker killed himself in 2011, allegedly blaming the company’s management for stopping the worker from his responsibilities as a union representative.