Should the National Assembly deal with the Special Act on Construction Safety and the Framework Act on Construction Industry?

– Amid the high voices of prevention of recurrence due to the collapse of the Hyundai Industrial Development I-Park construction site in Hwajeong-dong, Gwangju, the Democratic Party of Korea announced that it would pass the enactment of the Special Construction Safety Act and the amendment to the Framework Act on the Construction Industry at the extraordinary National Assembly in February.

– At a policy coordination meeting held at the National Assembly headquarters on the morning of the 20th, Park Wan-joo, chairman of the policy committee of the Democratic Party of Korea, said, “It is urgent to enact a special construction safety law and pass amendments to the Framework Act on the Construction Industry. We will deal with the livelihood bill that saves lives,” he said.

– The Construction Safety Special Act grants safety management responsibilities commensurate with their authority to ordering, design, construction, and supervision. In case of negligence and death, the penalty is up to 7 years in prison or a fine of up to 100 million won. The amendment to the Framework Act on the Construction Industry introduces an appropriate wage system in the construction industry so that the client can pay more than the amount set by the client. Both laws are pending without being discussed in the subcommittee on the Land, Infrastructure and Transport Committee of the National Assembly.

– The Construction Safety Special Act holds safety managers accountable for management, and the Framework Act on Construction Industry can reduce industrial accidents at construction sites by introducing an appropriate wage system.

– What does the fair wage system have to do with industrial accidents? Multi-level illegal subcontracting is rampant at construction sites. In the process of subcontracting, the unit cost of construction continues to be reduced, but safety is often neglected in the workplace when working at a low unit price.

– In fact, in December 2017, after the government announced the direction to introduce the fair wage system through the ‘Measures to Improve Jobs in the Construction Industry’, 25 pilot projects were carried out at construction sites ordered by LH and Road Corporation. Industrial accidents actually decreased, and there were also effects such as an increase in workers’ wages, improvement of quality and productivity, and reduction of the level of contracting.

– These bills are ‘people’s livelihood bills’ related to people’s lives and safety, as the Democratic Party of Korea said. There is no other livelihood that is more important than the life of the people.

Livestock quarantine workers “recruitment of manpower and improvement of treatment” warning strike until the 27th

– Workers from the Livestock Sanitation and Prevention Support Headquarters went on strike to demand more manpower and improved treatment.

– On the 20th, the Livestock Sanitation and Prevention Support Headquarters of the Public Transport Union held a strike resolution meeting in front of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Livestock Sanitation and Prevention Support Headquarters respectively. From this day to the 27th, they declared a warning strike.

– The labor and management of the headquarters started wage negotiations in September last year. No point of contact was found in the mediation of the Central Labor Relations Commission. The issue is the recruitment of manpower and improvement of treatment. According to the branch, out of the 1,274 staff at the headquarters, only 55 are full-time employees. It is said that 1,219 workers in quarantine, sanitation, quarantine, and surveillance, which are the main tasks of the headquarters, are on indefinite contracts.

– It is said that the business is expanding due to the continuous outbreak of livestock diseases, but the manpower remains the same. Livestock quarantine work should be done in pairs of two people. Last year, 10% of the work was done by myself. The turnover rate of quarantine workers was 6.4% as of October last year. This is three times the level of regular regular workers (2.2%).

– About 1,000 workers participate in the branch strike. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is planning to inject replacement manpower. The branch condemns the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, which is trying to overcome the situation with the introduction of alternative human resources such as local governments and private veterinarians without coming up with a solution,” said the branch. We will fight as intensely as it can’t be done,” he warned.

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