Childcare teachers who swallowed bullying at work “because it doesn’t seem likely to change”

▲ Public transport union childcare branch

A survey found that 7 out of 10 childcare teachers had experienced workplace bullying in the past year. However, it was found that the majority did not report the damage because they feared that the situation would not improve or would suffer disadvantages.

On the morning of the 18th, the childcare branch of the Public Transport Union held a press conference at the Federation of Korean Trade Unions in Jung-gu, Seoul and announced the results of a survey of 344 childcare teachers nationwide from the 1st to 17th of last month by the Workplace Gapjil 119 and the Public Coexistence Solidarity Fund.

71.5% of respondents answered “Yes” to the question, ‘Have you ever experienced harassment at work in the past year?’ When asked about the severity of workplace bullying, 61.8% answered “very serious” or “very serious”. However, only 7.8% of the respondents answered that they “received treatment or counseling for workplace bullying”. 36.6% of the respondents answered, “I needed treatment or counseling, but I did not receive it.”

When workplace bullying occurred, only 1.6% and 2.8% of respondents said, “I reported it to the Ministry of Employment and Labor, the Ministry of Health and Welfare, local governments,” and “I reported it to an in-house reporting agency or the labor union,” respectively. 32.1% of the respondents answered, “I informed and discussed the situation with people around me, such as friends, colleagues, seniors and juniors.” 30.9% answered, “I endured or pretended not to know.” As reasons for putting up with or pretending to be ignorant of workplace bullying, they cited “the situation doesn’t seem likely to get better even if I respond” (61.4%) and “I thought I would be disadvantaged in personnel affairs in the future” (29.9%).

As perpetrators of workplace bullying, 78% pointed to “the head of a daycare center, such as the director or director”. At a press conference, Mr. Yeom, a nursery teacher who works at a Korean public daycare center in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi-do, said, “If you do not follow the instructions of the director at the daycare site, you will be branded as a person without a spirit of sacrifice and service and suffer bullying and bullying.” The punishment provisions in the Workplace Harassment Prohibition Act should be strengthened to prevent further harm by failing to punish them.” The branch requested that the Ministry of Health and Welfare guideline childcare programs regarding the establishment and operation of daycare centers specify the contents of workplace harassment, prevention methods, and measures to be taken in case of occurrence.

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