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October 28th, 2004

Ssangyong Motor Company was sold to SAIC Motor.

The company has been sold to Daewoo, resold to Ssangyong, and then to Shanghai automotive Industry Corporation(SAIC). Throughout this there has been a continuous outflow of company technology and labor repression.

June 26th, 2006

SAIC Motor pirated Ssanyong's Kyron technology.

SAIC Motor released the new SUV, Roewe, which was made using Kyron technology. The technology transfer fee was 24 billion won, only one tenth the normal cost spent in developing a new car.

Feb. 06, 2009

Ssangyong went into receivership due to accounting fraud

After the accounting fraud, SAIC Motor filed for court receivership. Having a major shareholder file for court receivership is very rare. In April, SAIC, by announcing its plan for large-scale layoffs of 2,646 workers, shifted all of the responsibility onto the workers.

May 22th, 2009

Layoff equals murder! 77 days of struggle begins

More than 1,000 workers occupied the Pyeongtaek factory. They held out for 77 days there, surviving on rusty water from engine coolant. The company, police, and thugs hired with 30 hundred million KRW proceeded to commit intense violence, cutting off the water, electricity and food supply for the rest of the struggle.

August 6th, 2009

Bloody suppression by police commandos

Enduring 77 days of fear, the workers faced police commandos who struck them with shields and batons. The national police agency mentioned the attack as one of their most successful examples of suppression.

August 23th, 2010

Ssangyong acquired again by Mahindra

Ssangyong was acquired by Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. The production-sales levels exceeded those from before the financial crisis, nonetheless, none of the laid-off workers were reinstated. Since Mahindra has not invested in Ssangyong at all after the acquisition, it looks like its ultimate goal may be the outflow of technology.

March 30th, 2012

The 22nd death

Sudden deaths, suicides, depressions... Since the struggle, 22 workers and their family members have lost their lives. There must not be a 23rd.

 
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South Korean workers fight to Stop Chain of 22 Ssangyong Motor Deaths
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With extreme repressive force by the South Korean government to suppress what had been a peaceful sit-in strike asking for dialogue over alternatives to mass redundancy dismissals at Ssangyong Motor in 2009,
-some 3000 workers were pushed out of the plant by restructuring and disciplinary dismissal,
-over 100 workers imprisoned, with strike leader HAN Sang Kyun still imprisoned today and
-now 22 suicide and other early deaths among the Ssangyong Motor worker and family members affected by the illegitimate mass redundancy dismissals, which the company justified by doctoring its accounting books.

Though Indian transnational corporation MAHINDRA, which has taken over Ssangyong Motor, has the power to stop a 23rd death from arising, Mahindra has made no real effort to resolve the issue of the Ssangyong Motor dismissed workers.

The Ssangyong Motor workers' struggle continues!