|▲ Kim Ju-young(center), president of the Federation of Korean Trade Unions(FKTU) in company with 5 other workers' members of the Minimum Wage Council holds an urgent press briefing to call for the realization of a full uncompromised 10,000 won(US$8.91) hourly minimum wage on the morning of Jul. 11 at FKTU headquarters in Yeouido, Seoul. (Jeong Ki-hoon/The Labor Today)|
Kim Ju-young, president of the Federation of Korean Trade Unions(FKTU), made a request to the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions(KCTU) for its return to the Minimum Wage Council. His request seems to be made to join forces of two national trade union centers to attain the minimum wage raise to 10,000 won per hour, within a given time frame that only two plenary sessions are left to be convened before the minimum wage rate for 2019 will be determined.
FKTU president Kim said that "the minimum wage should be a full uncompromised 10,000 won(US$8.91) with no tricks, as it directly affects the life of low wage workers." "We will fight to the end for the workers for whom the minimum wage is the lifeline and hope," he added.
The Minimum Wage Council is composed of 27 members, 9 members each representing workers, employers and public interests. 9 members representing workers comprise 5 members recommended by FKTU and 4 members by KCTU. FKTU once walked out of the Council in protest of the Minimum Wage Act revision but came back to the minimum wage deliberation. However, KCTU has yet to decide its return to the Council.
reported by Lee Eun-young
translated by Kim Sung-jin
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