“Resolving Discrimination” Gyeonggi-do After-School Specialist – Office of Education ‘Conflict’

▲ Public Transport Workers’ Union Education Office Headquarters

A physical collision occurred in the process of occupying the Office of Education by after-school specialists working at a kindergarten attached to an elementary school in Gyeonggi-do.

According to the Gyeonggi branch of the Educational Officials Headquarters of the Public Transport Union on the 30th, about 10 union members attempted to occupy the superintendent’s office by requesting an interview with Superintendent Lee Jae-jeong at the Gyeonggi Office of Education in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on the afternoon of the 30th. In the process, a union member had a physical fight with an employee of the education office and fell backwards and was transferred to a nearby hospital. Some female union members even took off their tops to avoid being forced out.

On the 5th, after-school specialists in the Gyeonggi region started a tent demonstration at the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education with the goal of eliminating wage discrimination. Of the 17 metropolitan/provincial offices of education nationwide, only after-school specialists belonging to the Gyeonggi-do, Gangwon-do, and Gyeongbuk-do Offices of Education are eligible for the 2nd type of remuneration system for education officials. In Sejong-si, Chungnam-do, Jeonbuk-do, and Jeollanam-do Offices of Education, teachers run after-school courses, and the remaining 10 metropolitan/provincial offices of education use Type 1. This year, the difference in basic salary between Type 1 and Type 2 is 200,000 won. The basic salary of Type 2 is only 1.84 million won. After-school specialists in the Gyeonggi region are of the view that unfair wage discrimination that does not conform to the principle of ‘equal pay for work of equal value’ should be resolved. After-school staff went on strike on the 16th and 17th. On the 2nd day, they participate in the second strike of the school non-regular workers’ association.

A branch official said, “I have repeatedly asked Superintendent Lee Jae-jung to meet, but we have never met. The Education Civil Service Headquarters held an emergency resolution meeting in front of the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education that evening.


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