SEOUL, Jan. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — PyeongChang Olympics organizers have guaranteed to pay performers for the opening and closing ceremonies, amid reports that staff are being underappreciated.
According to POCOG, the PyeongChang Olympics organizing committee on Thursday, steps are being taken to ensure the payment of performers for the opening and closing ceremonies, including a guaranteed minimum wage.
The announcement comes after reports that performers are being underpaid despite their efforts and time spent practicing for the opening and closing ceremonies.
The measures will see performers receive the new minimum wage and receive quality refreshments, while lodging and meals will be guaranteed for young performers and their parents.
Late night rehearsals will be avoided for better commutes, while physical therapists will be deployed to provide rehabilitation for those with injuries.
With the Winter Olympics just a month away, the measures are expected to be implemented swiftly.
“Due to budget issues, students have sometimes been compensated with only ‘passion pay’. However, taking on board criticism over the unfair treatment of young artists at the world’s biggest sporting event, we have arranged a new budget for performers. We hope the Pyeongchang Olympics can set a precedent,” an official from the organizing committee said.
‘Passion pay’ has become a serious social issue in South Korea, referring to companies taking advantage of young interns by paying them poorly or not all or for the hard work they do in the name of gaining experience.
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