On January 1 of this year, 134 workers who switched to public service in the National Assembly demanded that the service company they worked for before be paid overdue wages.
The National Assembly branch (Chief Jang-seon Lee) of the Hanultari Union said, “While I was working as a mechanical/electric/disaster prevention/building facility management worker at the service company Hucorp, I was not paid because of the incorrect calculation of the on-call and weekly rest hours. On the 29th, the company sent a certificate of contents and filed a complaint with the Seoul Southern Branch of the Seoul Regional Employment and Labor Office.”
National Assembly facility management workers work on-call at 9 a.m. and leave at 9 a.m. the next day, a full-time job starting at 9 a.m. and leaving at 6 p.m., and shift work off-duty. From January 1, 2016 to December 31, last year, just before the transition to civil service, they were given a break of 9 hours during every other day. 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (1 hour and 30 minutes), 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. (1 hour), 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. (1 hour), which correspond to lunch time, and 0:30 a.m. the next day after midnight Minutes to 6:00 a.m. (5 hours 30 minutes). A daily workday takes 1 hour and 30 minutes from noon to 1:00 pm (one hour) and from 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm (30 minutes).
24 hours continuous work even during the late night break time
However, the branch explained that it was impossible to take a break due to the nature of the facility management work of the National Assembly. Due to the nature of the institution, which is open 24 hours a day and frequented by lawmakers, assistants, and civil servants, it is said that the work is carried out even during meals or late at night (0:30 to 6:00 am). In particular, it is impossible to take a break if there is a government audit or unlimited discussion (filibuster) until dawn. It is explained that even in the fast track politics of the National Assembly, where a physical collision occurred in April 2019, he worked practically 24 hours a day.
The branch emphasized that 24-hour work is routine. Jang-seon Lee, branch manager, said, “Even during the late night, which is set as the on-duty break time, the boiler and circulation pump must be inspected every hour, and these details are written in the work log of the National Assembly. .
He claimed that there was no separate rest area. Jang-seon Lee, the branch manager, explained, “There is no separate rest area.” “Initially, the office did not provide furniture for work, so the workers paid their own money to buy copying paper and did the work.” Even though the rest area is all flats set up on one side of the office, monitoring and intermittent work approval has been made.
Labor Attorney “I won’t give you a break after getting approval for monitoring and enforcement work”
As such, the branch demanded that the National Assembly facility management workers be paid 2.9 billion won in overdue wages for this, saying that in reality they were not guaranteed any break time at all. From January 1, 2018 to December 31, last year, the amount is equivalent to 7 hours and 30 minutes, excluding meal times, among the breaks between on-call and work-work.
In response, the Seoul Southern Branch has extended the original deadline and is investigating. Jae-chun Lee, a certified labor attorney at Changpyeong, who represents the branch, pointed out that “the service company that received approval for monitoring and intermittent workers did not actually guarantee break time at all.”
On the other hand, Hukop’s side said to the branch, “We did not unfairly work or wait in violation of the break time, and workers during the service period did not complain about the break time, etc.” and “there is no obligation to pay wages.”