The two major trade unions demanded an increase in the budget for improving the treatment of public officials in the public sector. It is noteworthy whether the promise of the Democratic Party and the people’s power to make efforts to reflect the budget will be fulfilled.
The two major trade unions held a meeting with the Democratic Party and the People’s Power respectively at the National Assembly Hall on the afternoon of the 22nd and proposed a budget to eliminate discrimination in public service. They ordered new and increased holiday bonuses, family allowances, and customized welfare expenses, which are symbolic elements of wage discrimination.
The Ministry of Strategy and Finance submitted to the National Assembly a budget plan for next year that would increase the holiday bonus for public officials in central administrative agencies from 800,000 won to 1 million won and fixed the customized welfare expenses at 400,000 won. According to the two major trade unions, the level of welfare expenses reflected in the budget is less than half of that of civil servants. In particular, the family allowance (spouse 40,000 won, family 20,000 won) received by public officials is not received at all in public service. Recently, the Ministry of Strategy and Finance has indicated that it is acceptable to increase the customized welfare expenses per person by 300,000 won to bring the total to 700,000 won. An additional 17.2 billion won can be provided to 57,000 public officials in the central government.
The two major trade unions ordered that the overall welfare cost that discriminates between civil servants and civil servants should be improved. It was suggested that by adding 57 billion won to the holiday bonus budget and 41 billion won to the family allowance budget, the discrimination in welfare benefits could be resolved.
In addition to public officials in central administrative agencies, they also placed an order to eliminate discrimination in welfare costs between public officials at local governments, educational institutions, public institutions, and local public corporations. The budget for them is managed separately as a local education financial grant and a local financial grant, so welfare expenses are not discussed separately in the budget deliberation of the National Assembly. The two major trade unions proposed to include a budget for welfare benefits by adding a side opinion to the budget. If it is difficult to reflect everything in next year’s budget right away, he suggested that we consider applying it in stages over two to three years.
It is reported that both parties generally agreed with the arguments of the two major trade unions. A labor union official who attended the meeting said, “The two parties agreed to agree with the demands of the two major trade unions and to make an active effort to be reflected in the deliberation of the budget proposal.
The meeting was attended by Dong-su Yoo, Senior Vice President of the Policy Committee, Maeng Seong-gyu, and Rep. Jang Cheol-min of the Preliminary Committee on the Democratic Party’s side, and Kim Do-eup, Chairman of the Policy Committee of the People’s Power, and Man-hee Lee, a member of the Preliminary Committee, and a member of the Hwan and Labor Committee.