|(Jeong Ki-hoon/The Labor Today)|
According to the ruling and opposition parties on Jun. 3, about 170 labor candidates are running for the June 13 local elections which will elect 4,016 gubernatorial, mayoral, local council and superintendent seats in 17 local governments and by-elections for 12 seats in the National Assembly. The number of labor candidates was based on the list of candidates provided by the political parties and the candidacy data from the Federation of Korean Trade Unions(FKTU) and Korean Confederation of Trade Unions(KCTU).
The People's Party nominated the most of labor candidates with 78 union leaders(including a candidate for Seoul Mayor), followed by the Justice Party with 36 labor candidates, the ruling Democratic Party with 26 labor candidates, the Labor Party with 13 labor candidates, the main opposition Liberty Korea Party with 9 labor candidates, the Bareun Mirae Party with 5 labor candidates and the Green Party with 1 labor candidate.
As the election campaigns officially kicked off from May 31, the ruling and opposition parties changed their operation for the elections. Due to the Candlelight Revolution and the high approval rating of President Moon Jae-in, the ruling Democratic Party is anticipated to win a landslide victory in the upcoming elections. However, the labor's distrust in the government and the ruling Democratic Party is seemingly growing, due to the recent passage of the Minimum Wage Act Amendment Bill which, despite the labor circle's strong opposition, expanded the inclusion scope of minimum wage components.
reported by Kim Hak-tae
translated by Kim Sung-jin
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