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“Outsourced Risk” : 80% of Shipyard Deaths Involve Subcontractors

“Outsourced Risk” : 80% of Shipyard Deaths Involve Subcontractors

SEOUL, Sept. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — The causes of large-scale industrial accidents at South Korean shipyards lie in the multi-layer subcontract practice prevalent in the industry, says an investigation committee launched by Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL). The committee was formed in response to major accidents in the shipbuilding industry in 2017, including a [...]

Social Circumstances, Preference Fueling Rise of ‘DINK’ Couples in S. Korea

Social Circumstances, Preference Fueling Rise of ‘DINK’ Couples in S. Korea

SEOUL, Sept. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — Kim Jeong-hee, a 33-year-old medical doctor, lives with her 39-year-old husband, also a practicing physician, in an upscale residential neighborhood of Cheongdam-dong in southern Seoul. The childless couple has been happily married for three years, enjoying what they call a freer and luxurious lifestyle. “While my parents may have [...]

More Men Buying Household Products Online After 52-Hour Work Week Enforced

More Men Buying Household Products Online After 52-Hour Work Week Enforced

SEOUL, Sept. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — Thanks to the newly imposed government edict limiting official working hours to 52 per week, an increasing number of men were found to be shopping online for household goods after spending more time at home in the evening after returning from work. According to the popular e-commerce website Auction, [...]

S. Korea to Slap Penalties on Defect Coverups by Carmakers

S. Korea to Slap Penalties on Defect Coverups by Carmakers

SEOUL, Sept. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean government said Thursday it will impose penalties on carmakers that cover up manufacturing defects and fine them for delayed recalls. The move comes in the middle of BMW Korea’s recall of 106,317 vehicles in South Korea to fix a faulty part following dozens of engine fires [...]

Work Hour Restrictions Popular Among South Korean Public

Work Hour Restrictions Popular Among South Korean Public

SEOUL, Sept. 5 (Korea Bizwire) – A new survey has found that at 64.2 percent, a significant majority of South Koreans are in favor of the government’s recent decision to place a cap on weekly work hours, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The survey, which was commissioned by the ministry and [...]