They urged the National Assembly to promptly process the petition for consent of the National Assembly, which includes the joint action to abolish discrimination with fewer than five employees, requiring the full application of the Labor Standards Act to workplaces with fewer than five employees.
The Joint Action held a press conference in front of the National Assembly on the morning of the 22nd and said, “10 out of 16 members of the National Assembly Environment and Labor Committee expressed their support for the revision of Article 11 of the Labor Standards Act. We need to start a discussion about it.”
Article 11 of the Labor Standards Act stipulates that “This Act shall apply to businesses or workplaces employing five or more workers at all times.” Workplace workers with fewer than five employees are not subject to the restrictions on dismissal, working hours, and additional pay for overtime, night and holiday work. A petition for public consent to expand the scope of application of the Labor Standards Act to ‘all businesses or workplaces’ was referred to the Labor Relations Commission in September last year, but the discussion has not progressed for over a year.
On the 26th of last month, the Joint Action sent an open inquiry to the members of the Labor and Relations Commission asking for their position on excluding workers from workplaces with fewer than five workers from the application of the Labor Standards Act. Accordingly, all members of the Labor and Labor Relations Commission, except those belonging to the People’s Power, delivered a written response to the Joint Action that, in principle, supported the amendment of Article 11 of the Labor Standards Act. Six members of the People’s Power did not send a reply.
Park Hee-eun, vice chairman of the KCTU, said at a press conference on the same day, “79.5% of all businesses nationwide in 2019 were workplaces with fewer than five employees.” Vice-Chairman Park said, “Every time the minimum wage is raised or laws are enacted, cases of ‘workplace splitting’ are being confirmed. pointed out
Jung Jin-woo, secretary general of the Union for Finding Rights, said, “Millions of workers are not covered by the Labor Standards Act because they belong to workplaces with fewer than 5 employees. ” he demanded.