The National Assembly Environment and Labor Committee eventually ended the December special session without any income. The bills at issue, including the bill to extend the application of the Labor Standards Act to workplaces with fewer than five employees, did not even cross the so-called threshold. The bill to apply the time-off for civil servants and teachers agreed upon by the opposition and opposition parties was canceled because a plenary session of the Labor and Relations Committee was not held for unclear reasons.
Discussion of ’52 minutes’ for the extension of the Labor Term Act for workplaces with fewer than 5 employees
Public Officials and Teachers’ Union Act ‘paused’ without a plenary session
The amendment to the Labor Standards Act, which expands the application of the law to workplaces with fewer than five employees, seemed likely to pass at one time. In November of last year, Lim Jaja, an opposition member of the Labor and Labor Relations Committee, and a member of the People’s Power, mentioned, “The full application of the labor law to workplaces with fewer than 5 employees is a task of the times” at a discussion on ‘a just transition made by labor and comparison of presidential policies by political party’ hosted by the Korean Federation of Trade Unions. . Even Yoon Seok-yeol, the presidential candidate for People’s Strength, said at a meeting with the leadership of the Korean Federation of Trade Unions in December that he was “in favor of the great principles” and sparked discussion on the amendment bill.
However, the discussion on the amendment bill ended on the 16th of last month, the day after Candidate Yoon announced his position, for only 52 minutes at the Employment and Labor Law Review Subcommittee of the Labor and Labor Relations Commission. The atmosphere was heightened with the passage of an amendment to the Act on the Promotion of Worker Participation and Cooperation (the Worker Participation Act), which stipulates the procedure for selecting worker representatives of the labor-management council for workplaces with 30 or more employees, but that was not the end of it. The ruling and opposition parties focused on amendments to the Act on the Establishment and Operation of Public Officials’ Trade Unions (Public Officials’ Union Act), which applies a time-off to public officials and teachers, and the Act on the Establishment and Operation of Teachers’ Unions (Teachers’ Union Act). Cost estimating was an issue. On the 16th, the Ministry of Employment and Labor had to create cost estimation data, and on the 21st and 22nd of the same month, the discussion of cost estimation was continued based on the data. On the 28th of the same month, I used it to review the bills proposed to the Bill Review Subcommittee.
The ruling party “will go to the so-called passing bill along with the supplementary budget bill”
Possibility of an extraordinary parliamentary session in January depending on whether an additional budget agreement is reached
The amendment bill to the Teachers’ Union Act and the Public Officials’ Union Act passed the bill review subcommittee on the 4th. However, the plenary session of the Labor and Relations Committee to deal with the bill decided by the second lieutenant did not take place even one day before the 11th, the last day of the extraordinary session in January. It seems that the chairman of the Labor and Labor Committee, Hwan, who belongs to the People’s Power, and the secretary of the opposition party are reluctant to hold the plenary meeting. Park Dae-hae, chairman of the labor union, said that the plenary meeting could not be held because the schedule agreed upon by the secretaries did not come up. It is said that the secretary-general does not respond to consultations between the secretary-general. On the 6th, the lawmakers of the Democratic Party of Korea from the Labor and Labor Relations Party held an emergency press conference with the Party Policy Coordination Committee and urged the holding of a plenary meeting, but the meeting between the secretaries did not take place.
The Democratic Party is currently requesting an extraordinary session of the National Assembly in January, and the opposition is also in agreement, so the possibility is not entirely absent. Democratic Party presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung insisted on handling the matter by the National Assembly within February. Candidate Seok-Yeol Yoon also said, “We can do whatever we want,” and “there is no need for opposition from the opposition.”
When the National Assembly opens in January, it is highly likely that the bill passed by the second lieutenant will be processed. An official from the Democratic Party of Korea said, “To pass the supplementary budget bill, a plenary meeting must be held, and then the bill decided by the second lieutenant will be passed together.”