Korea Federation of Trade Unions demand ‘solidarity wage’ this year

In order to resolve the polarization of inequality this year, the Korean Federation of Trade Unions is promoting the reform of laws and systems to include workers in the blind spot of solidarity wage negotiations and labor laws.

The Korean Federation of Trade Unions held a standing executive committee meeting in the conference room of the Korean Federation of Trade Unions in Yeouido, Seoul on the morning of the 10th to discuss the direction of this year’s movement and major tasks based on these contents.

According to the Ministry of Employment and Labor, the contracted wage increase rate as of November last year increased by 3.9% compared to November 2020 in terms of total wages. This is higher than the 1.5% increase in the minimum wage. It can be interpreted that the wage gap between minimum wage workers and workers at workplaces with unions has widened. However, looking at the agreed wage increase rate by company size, it was found that 3.6% for workplaces with 100 to 299 employees, but 4.4% for companies with 1,000 or more employees. By industry, the information and communication industry accounted for 5.9%, while the wholesale/retail, transportation, food and lodging industries accounted for 1.8~3.8%. The larger the company, the higher the rate of increase, and there was a clear disparity by industry.

The Federation of Korean Trade Unions decided to focus on the role of organized labor to improve social inequality. In the wage negotiations, it was decided to demand solidarity wages. It is proposed that a certain percentage of the increase should be used to resolve discrimination against non-regular workers in the workplace. In order to realize win-win cooperation and solidarity between large and small businesses, we will continue to promote the creation of a joint labor welfare fund.

At the general federation level, we focus on improving laws and systems. Promote the enactment of the tentative name ‘Basic Law for All Working People’, which includes platform, freelance, and special employment workers. This means that they will be able to receive social safety net benefits. It also calls for improvement of laws and systems related to the promotion of bargaining in the initial business unit and the extension of the effect of collective agreements. The specific solidarity wage increase rate and business plan will be reported to the regular delegates meeting held on the 23rd and 24th of next month.

Meanwhile, the presidential election policy for deciding which presidential candidates to support will be discussed at the Central Executive Committee on the 27th. The agenda decided here will be referred to the temporary delegates’ meeting to be held on the 7th and 8th of the following month.


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