Report: DSME Workers Occupy a Crane, Demand Pay Hike

South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has reportedly been faced with another worker protest, resulting in suspension of operations at a giant dock crane at one of its facilities.

According to the reports from Korean media, two workers from DSME’s metal union mounted a 40-meter tall crane and launched a sit-down strike, demanding pay increase.

Talks between the shipbuilder and the metal union have been underway for over nine months, however, no progress has been achieved. The union is said to be asking for a 4.11 pct wage rise on the back of improving business performance at DSME.

The demand is contrary to DSME’s strategy, which envisages wage freezes and return of 10 pct of wages, as part of its cost cutting measures.

Just this month, DSME secured a number of orders, including a contract from BW LPG for two LNG carriers including options for up to four more. The company has also won a deal to build an LNG carrier for the Greek shipowner Maran Gas Maritime, the 101st vessel for the company in total.

So far this year, DSME’s orderbook is comprised of 43 vessels worth about USD 6.22 billion. These include 15 LNG carriers, 16 crude oil carriers, 7 ultra large containerships and 5 special purpose ships.

World Maritime News Staff

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