The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport formed a joint ministries investigation team, including experts recommended by labor and management, to check whether the social agreement to exclude courier workers from classification is being properly followed at the site. The National Courier Union is of the opinion that it is necessary to comprehensively check whether the social agreement is being implemented, such as not only excluding the sorting work, but also whether the increase in the delivery fee is being fully used to improve the treatment of delivery workers.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said on the 9th, “From the first week of January, we are conducting a practical field investigation on the implementation of the social agreement to exclude couriers from sorting by each courier terminal. · A joint ministries-investigation team with the participation of the Fair Trade Commission plans to inspect delivery sites across the country at any time.” If any violations of the agreement are found, corrective actions will be taken immediately on the spot and the results of the investigation will be announced depending on the severity.
The investigation team is expected to include personnel recommended by the union and management. A courier union official said, “The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport asked for a list of (professionals recommended by the union) by the 10th.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport plans to designate a four-week special management period from the 17th to the 12th of the following month to prepare for a surge in supply ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays, and invest about 10,000 additional manpower. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said, “3,000 additional personnel dedicated to sorting will be added from this month” and “1,474 assistants at the hub terminal, 1,88 on/off at the sub-terminal, 1,903 in trunk vehicles, 1,137 in passengers About 7,000 temporary workers, including 1,320 delivery drivers and 1,320 delivery drivers, will be deployed to the site,” he said.
The union evaluated the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport’s measures to be unplanned positively, but criticized it for ignoring the core problem. A union official said, “The biggest cause of the strike is the distribution of the parcel delivery fee increase, which is being dismissed as a labor-management relationship, and the implementation of social agreements is reduced to whether or not classification is excluded. It is necessary to check whether the company is taking excessive profits from the increase in courier charges to be carried out.”
The union sent an official letter to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport on the 7th, asking the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport to reconvene the ‘social consensus organization for the prevention of overworked couriers’ to check the implementation of social agreements, including this, but has not received a response. CJ Logistics courier workers are on strike for the 13th day, urging the implementation of social agreements. 11 members of the union, including Kim Tae-wan, senior vice chairman of the labor union, started a hunger strike in front of the CJ Group headquarters in Jung-gu, Seoul on the 6th.