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| Korea's LG Semicon Re-Starts DRAM Plant Operation
February 11, 1999 (TOKYO) -- LG Semicon Co., Ltd. of Korea started to
operate its dynamic random access memory (DRAM) plant on Feb. 8 following
a labor dispute.
|Sun Byung-Don, the company's executive vice president in charge of development
and production of DRAM at Korea's Cheongju plant, told a reporter from
IP Japan (a Nikkei business publication) that normal operations have
begun at all the microchip production areas of the company.
Korea's Cheongju plant is LG Semicon's major production base for 64Mb
DRAMs. The production there was interrupted from Jan. 24 to Feb. 7 due
to the conflict between LG management and labor triggered by the merger
and consolidation with Korea's Hyundai Electronics Industries Co., Ltd.
In the course of the negotiations between LG's labor and management,
it was decided on Feb. 7 that when normal operations resumed, remuneration
will be paid on a weekly basis, in addition to a bonus that is equivalent
to six months' pay. That led to the resumption of operations on Feb.
8. The result-oriented remuneration on a weekly basis is to be paid
when the set business objective is achieved.
The interruption of operation at LG constituted a big obstacle regardless
of the success or failure of the merger and consolidation of LG Semicon
and Korea's Hyundai Electronics. Even if the transfer of stock between
LG Semicon and Hyundai is completed, and merger and consolidation is
duly achieved in terms of documents, unless the present production base
of LG operates fully, the integrated new company would not have been
able to conduct business normally.
At present, Hyundai and LG are actively pressing forth the negotiations
to conclude the contract for transfer of stock in order to establish
the new company.
LG Semicon DRAM Plant May Resume Operations
Hyundai, LG DRAM Merger Contract to be Concluded
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