|▲ A seminar on the improvement measures of the public sector wage system held at the Federation of Korean Trade Unions(FKTU) in December 2017.(archive photo by Kim Hak-tae/Labor Today)|
Amid the rising criticism against the government accused of the downward standardization of wage, the Ministry of Employment and Labor deleted the section on 'the use of minimum wage as base wage' which had been included in 'the model(draft) of the public sector standard wage system'.
The move of the MOEL was followed by the boycott action by the national trade union centers of the Federation of Korean Trade Unions(FKTU) and Korean Confederation of Trade Unions(KCTU) which decided to oppose any discussion concerning the standard wage system, citing that "the standard model base wage would solidify the low wage group of major non-regular job conversion occupations, as it is designed to use the minimum wage as the wage determination base". Both FKTU and KCTU called on the government for the labor-government consultation, instead of "unilaterally proceeding the reform of wage system which is related to the working conditions".
Last year, the government came up with the draft of the job-based wage system in selecting the five occupations of cleaning, security, facility management, cooking and clerical assistance as the standard job and determined the monthly minimum wage(1,573,770 won equivalent to US$1,485) for this year as the base wage. The wage raise between job grades was designed to be linked with the job difficulties and the improvement of responsibilities, not affected by seniority or proficiency.
reported by Lee Eun-young
translated by Kim Sung-jin
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