Confederation of Trade Unions urges ‘full application of the Serious Accident Punishment Act’

▲ Reporter Shin Hoon

On the 27th, the first day of enforcement of the Act on Punishment of Serious Accidents, etc., the KCTU declared a struggle to amend the law.

The KCTU and the Movement Headquarters for the Enactment of the Severe Accident Enactment Act held a press conference to announce the position on the enforcement of the Severe Accident Punishment Act at the KCTU in Jung-gu, Seoul on the morning of the same day and said, “In order to create a safe workplace and society free from serious accidents, the Severe Accident Punishment Act is I am determined to fight again so that it can function as a real force in the lives of citizens.”

Yang Kyung-soo, chairman of the KCTU, said, “The reason we worked hard to enact the Act on the Punishment of Serious Accidents was not to punish anyone, but to prevent further deaths or injuries to workers. It was just the appearance of going in and out until the threshold of the law firm was worn out,” he pointed out. He emphasized, “We should pay more attention to who is setting an exemplary measure for the safety of workers rather than paying attention to who will be punished first by the enforcement of this law.”

The enforcement of the Serious Accident Punishment Act has been suspended for three years for businesses with fewer than 50 employees. Businesses with fewer than 5 employees were excluded from the application of the law. The provision for estimating causality and the provision of punishment for public officials requested by the Movement Headquarters for Enactment of the Corporate Punishment Act for Serious Accidents were also deleted. The late Kim Yong-gyun’s mother, Kim Mi-sook, chairman of the Kim Yong-gyun Foundation, said, “We need to revise the law so that it can be applied to all workers. It has to be done,” he said. Kang Eun-mi, a member of the Justice Party, who proposed the amendment to the Serious Disaster Punishment Act on the 25th, emphasized, “We will do our best to pass the amendment to protect the lives and safety of workers and citizens.”

Kang Kang-soo, chairman of the Labor Safety and Health Committee of the Construction Industry Federation, said, “Construction has begun at several construction sites at large corporations. Chairman Kang urged the immediate application of the Serious Accident Punishment Act even for projects with a construction cost of less than 5 billion won, the implementation of which has been delayed for three years.

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