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Parcel Delivery Workers Overworked and Underpaid

Parcel Delivery Workers Overworked and Underpaid

SEOUL, Sept. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — Parcel delivery workers suffer chronically from overwork and low wages, civic activists and politicians said Thursday, calling for countermeasures to enhance their health and welfare particularly ahead of the upcoming Chuseok holiday. The Euljiro Committee under the ruling Democratic Party, dedicated to the rights of the weak, and civic [...]

Regional Authorities Compete over Free Education and Welfare Programs

Regional Authorities Compete over Free Education and Welfare Programs

ANYANG, Nov. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — Regional authorities are competing over introducing free education and welfare policies, from free lunches to school training uniforms. Gyeonggi Province’s city of Ansan recently came to an agreement at the metropolitan council to introduce programs to offer financial subsidies for college tuition starting next year. College students from a [...]

Big Data Technology Used to Improve S. Korea’s Welfare System

Big Data Technology Used to Improve S. Korea’s Welfare System

SEOUL, Jan. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — Big data technology was used to find blind spots in the welfare system in the city of Anseong, Gyeonggi Province. The National Information Resources Service (NIRS) created a ‘welfare map’ of Anseong City using four years of the city’s welfare payment logs, a list of subsidies provided to private [...]

S. Chungcheong Province Develops ‘Welfare Smart City’

S. Chungcheong Province Develops ‘Welfare Smart City’

HONGSEONG, Jan. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — The government of South Chungcheong Province held a final briefing regarding strategies for so-called ‘smart city’ projects on Tuesday. The province is pushing to establish a welfare city for elders, digital underdogs. The smart city will utilize IoT and ICT to solve regional problems related to the environment, industry, [...]

Parental Leave Still a Dream for Many Koreans

Parental Leave Still a Dream for Many Koreans

SEOUL, Nov. 30 (Korea Bizwire) – A recent study by the Ministry of Employment and Labor revealed that roughly four out of ten companies in Korea have yet to embrace promoting a work-family balance.  The trend was particularly apparent in enforcing parental leave as part of company welfare policies, despite government guidelines suggesting various types [...]

International Press Gets a Tour of Korea’s “Healing Forest”

International Press Gets a Tour of Korea’s “Healing Forest”

YANGPYEONG, South Korea, Nov. 11 (Korea Bizwire) – The Korea Forest Service gave foreign reporters Friday a familiarization tour of Yangpyeong’s Saneum Healing Forest.  Located within the Saneum National Recreational Forest, Saneum Healing Forest was established in 2009 as Korea’s first healing forest, offering various nature-driven therapy programs. The forest is comprised of several mountain [...]

Korea Ranks at the Bottom in OECD Social Welfare Spending

Korea Ranks at the Bottom in OECD Social Welfare Spending

SEOUL, Oct. 31 (Korea Bizwire) – Government expenditures on welfare are increasing year after year, but a recent report showed that Korea still falls far behind its OECD counterparts.  According to the OECD’s October update to its Social Expenditure Database, Korea’s social spending was marked at 10.4 percent of its GDP, ranking 34th among 35 [...]

Hyundai Motor to Build Welfare Center for Vietnamese Women

Hyundai Motor to Build Welfare Center for Vietnamese Women

SEOUL, Oct. 28 (Korea Bizwire) – Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea’s top automaker, will build a welfare center in Vietnam by donating 600 million won (US$524,000) to a local fundraising agency, a company official said Friday, the latest in a series of global corporate social responsibility activities.  The center — to involve the remodeling of [...]

Seoul Mayor Proposes Discussing His Welfare Plan

Seoul Mayor Proposes Discussing His Welfare Plan

SEOUL, Dec. 10 (Korea Bizwire) – Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon proposed creating an organization involving rival parties and central and local governments Thursday that would discuss his controversial plan of providing direct cash benefits to young and unemployed people. In October, Park announced the plan to provide an average 500,000 won (US$428) a month for [...]