Management and union officials at South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co. Ltd. and Kia Motors Corp. are working closely together to implement flexible manpower measures to help offset the impact of the gathering global recession, Ward’s learns. Analysts believe the move to be remarkable, as unions at both auto makers traditionally have resisted any efforts to improve productivity by reassigning workers between various plants and operations. A Hyundai spokeswoman says management and the union ...

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