Unionised workers at GM Daewoo Automotive Technology Co., who are demanding a nearly 17% pay rise, will hold partial strikes starting from Friday, a union official told Reuters.

The move came as South Korea’s two largest car makers, Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors, settled labour disputes this week, awarding pay rises of just over 6%.

GM Daewoo’s union reportedly also asked the company to fix a date to buy the Pupyung plant, the former Daewoo Motor’s oldest and biggest plant that was left out in an earlier deal to create GM Daewoo – members of GM Daewoo’s union also include workers at the Pupyung plant.

General Motors and its partners took a majority stake in some of the asset of Daewoo Motor in 2002, creating GM Daewoo, the report noted.

GM Daewoo’s plants and repair services would take turns downing tools for two hours per shift a day until next Wednesday, a union official told the news agency.

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A GM Daewoo spokesman told Reuters the company would continue to negotiate with workers.

“The management is set to come up with a wage plan next week,” the spokesman reportedly said.

GM Daewoo chief executive Nick Reilly told Reuters last month that he expected to take over the Pupyung plant around 2006, if there was continued progress in areas such as labour relations and productivity.