42 days before the presidential election, the Democratic Party of Korea made a labor promise. It is the key to protecting everyone who works and reducing actual working hours.
Candidate Lee said at the Workers’ Welfare Center in Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province on the afternoon of the 26th, “As a boy worker, he suffered an industrial accident in which his left arm was twisted and he lost part of his sense of smell, but he did not receive proper treatment. My arms are bent, but I want to straighten out the reality of bent and bent labor.”
Candidate Lee presented the ‘Basic Act on the Protection of Workers’ Rights’. He said he would guarantee maternity leave and parental leave to all working people. In order to protect workers at workplaces with fewer than five employees, the Labor Relations Act will be amended to expand protection in the areas of workers’ human rights and those with less financial burden. Expand administrative and financial support for small business owners. By establishing the Fair Wage Committee, they promised to introduce an objective evaluation of job values, an equal employment wage disclosure system, and a standard wage system.
In order to reduce industrial accidents, the establishment of an occupational safety committee that integrates the main agency and subcontractors is mandatory and the establishment of the Occupational Safety and Health Agency has been announced. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration supports accident prevention, accident compensation, and systematic rehabilitation. The central government and local governments will strengthen cooperation in labor supervision to provide intensive support to prevent industrial accidents at small businesses.
In addition, in order to guarantee the rights of special employment and platform workers and freelancers, the concept of employers and workers was expanded under the Trade Union and Labor Relations Adjustment Act (Union Act), and they pledged to promote bargaining in early business units and expand the scope and effect of collective agreements. They also promised to promote social dialogue for the step-by-step introduction of the 4.5-day week, and to expand the number of days of annual leave and family care leave.
The labor community is responding that the direction is correct, but the method is disappointing. The KCTU said it was “disappointing”. The KCTU made a comment right after the announcement of Candidate Lee’s pledge and said, “It is not the basic law to guarantee the rights of workers, but the definition of workers in the Labor Standards Act and the Union Act, and the expansion of the size of the primary workplace.” “We need to go in the direction of eliminating irregular workers,” he pointed out. He believed that the Act on Punishment of Serious Accidents, etc. (Severe Accident Punishment Act) should be strengthened in order to reduce industrial accident deaths. Pointing out that there is no full application of the Labor Standards Act to workplaces with fewer than 5 employees and the abolition of the system of unifying bargaining windows, he criticized the idea of establishing a body in the Carbon Neutrality Committee as being ineffective and reducing corporate responsibilities in the name of social dialogue. did.
The Korean Federation of Trade Unions also pointed out the disappointment. Jeong Moon-joo, head of the policy division of the Korea Federation of Trade Unions, said, “The talk of protecting all working people is timely, but there is no direct commitment to the minimum wage and no promises to employment of the elderly. How to fill the period and the situation in which the number of employed people in their 40s continues to decline for the seventh year is a problem that will occur during the next presidential term, but it is unfortunate that there is no mention of it.”