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Rights Watchdog Urges End to ‘Discriminatory’ Coronavirus Testing Requirement for Foreign Workers

Rights Watchdog Urges End to ‘Discriminatory’ Coronavirus Testing Requirement for Foreign Workers

SEOUL, March 23 (Korea Bizwire) – The state human rights watchdog on Tuesday urged local governments to withdraw their orders for migrant workers to undergo mandatory coronavirus testing, calling it “discriminatory against foreigners.” Some local governments, including Seoul and the surrounding Gyeonggi Province, issued such administrative orders earlier this month amid spikes in infections in [...]

Gov’t Moves to Allow Foreign Workers to Land Parcel Sorting Jobs

Gov’t Moves to Allow Foreign Workers to Land Parcel Sorting Jobs

SEOUL, March 16 (Korea Bizwire) — The government is pushing to revise local immigration laws to allow migrant workers from overseas to land parcel sorting jobs amid growing concerns over the industry’s manpower shortage and notoriously long work hours, officials said Tuesday. The Ministry of Justice recently preannounced a revision of an enforcement decree on [...]

Gov’t Gives Foreign Farming, Fishing Workers Immediate Access to Health Insurance

Gov’t Gives Foreign Farming, Fishing Workers Immediate Access to Health Insurance

SEOUL, March 2 (Korea Bizwire) — Foreign nationals employed by farms and fisheries will be eligible for health insurance upon arrival in the country, the labor ministry said Tuesday. The Ministry of Employment and Labor announced a set of measures aimed at improving working conditions of foreigners, jointly with the ministries of health, agriculture, and [...]

Foreign Workers Exposed to Risk of COVID-19 Infections

Foreign Workers Exposed to Risk of COVID-19 Infections

SEOUL, Feb. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — Concerns are rising over instances in which foreign workers have been blamed for the outbreak of the coronavirus in a number of factories. The Central Disease Control Headquarters reported that recent COVID-19 outbreaks in plants were primarily caused by staff-to-staff infections, explaining that closed and concentrated working environment and [...]

S. Korea Bans Greenhouses as ‘Dormitories’ for Foreign Workers

S. Korea Bans Greenhouses as ‘Dormitories’ for Foreign Workers

SEOUL, Feb. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — The government has banned employers from offering greenhouses as dormitories for foreign workers entering the country on temporary work permits. Officials from the Ministry of Employment and Labor announced that they will root out the practice of offering greenhouses as dormitories for foreign workers this year, reflecting complaints made [...]

Nearly 70 pct of Foreign Farming and Fishing Workers Live in Temporary Structures

Nearly 70 pct of Foreign Farming and Fishing Workers Live in Temporary Structures

SEOUL, Jan. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — Nearly 70 percent of foreigners working in the country’s agricultural and fishing industries live in greenhouses and other temporary structures, the labor ministry said Wednesday, citing a recent survey. According to the Ministry of Employment and Labor, 69.6 percent of foreign workers who participated in the survey said they [...]

S. Korea Seeks to Extend Foreign Workers’ Stay Permits to Cope with Seasonal Labor Shortage

S. Korea Seeks to Extend Foreign Workers’ Stay Permits to Cope with Seasonal Labor Shortage

SEOUL, July 29 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea will push to extend stay permits for foreign migrant workers who cannot return home due to the coronavirus pandemic, in a bid to relieve seasonal labor shortages in farming and other areas, a government agency said Wednesday. The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters said that it [...]