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Hikes in Minimum Wage Prompt Small Shop Owners to Cut Labor Forces: Gov’t

Hikes in Minimum Wage Prompt Small Shop Owners to Cut Labor Forces: Gov’t

SEOUL, May 21 (Korea Bizwire) — The labor ministry said Tuesday some small business owners responded to steep hikes in the minimum wage by firing workers, in its first official statement about the impact of the recent wage raises on employment. Between November 2018 and April, the government conducted an in-depth interview survey on four [...]

78 pct of Employees at Large Supermarkets Want Holidays Off

78 pct of Employees at Large Supermarkets Want Holidays Off

SEOUL, May 16 (Korea Bizwire) — Eight out of 10 employees who work at large supermarkets or super supermarkets (SSMs) want to rest on holidays such as Lunar New Year’s Day and Chuseok, the Korean equivalent of Thanksgiving. Rep. Bak Maeng-woo of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party reported on Wednesday that he and the [...]

Emart Should Abolish its Unmanned Self-Checkout: Workers

Emart Should Abolish its Unmanned Self-Checkout: Workers

JEJU, May 15 (Korea Bizwire) — Workers at Emart in Jeju are protesting against Emart Inc.’s expanded operation of its unmanned self-checkout system. The Emart branch of the Korean Mart Labor Union and Jeju’s Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) held a press conference in front of the Jeju branch of Emart on Tuesday and [...]

Department Store and Duty-free Shop Employees Protest Against ‘Customer-only Restrooms’

Department Store and Duty-free Shop Employees Protest Against ‘Customer-only Restrooms’

SEOUL, Apr. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — Employees at department stores and duty-free shops took to the streets claiming their right to use the restrooms at their workplaces normally reserved for customers. The Korean Federation of Service Workers’ Unions held a press conference at the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) on Monday, claiming that [...]

11 pct Rise in Employees with Fewer than 15 Hours of Work per Week

11 pct Rise in Employees with Fewer than 15 Hours of Work per Week

SEOUL, Mar. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Employees with fewer than 15 hours of work hours per week increased in number last year, while they shrank in size in the wholesale/retail and food/lodging industries. The results overturn prior expectations that the higher minimum wage has forced employers in the wholesale/retail and food/lodging industries to hire workers [...]

Recognition Rate of Occupational Diseases Rises Sharply Under Moon Gov’t: Agency

Recognition Rate of Occupational Diseases Rises Sharply Under Moon Gov’t: Agency

SEOUL, Feb. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — The percentage of workers’ ailments being recognized as occupational diseases under the industrial disaster law has sharply increased under the government of President Moon Jae-in, officials said Monday. According to the Korea Workers’ Compensation and Welfare Service (KWCWS) affiliated with the labor ministry, 63 percent of ailments reported by [...]