|▲ The Constitution Article 33 Committee, a research group of the National Assembly holds the first in a series of forum on the 'Ratification of ILO Core Conventions, Global Standards of Labor Rights' at the National Assembly on October 4. [Bae Hye-jung/The Labor Today]|
The Economic, Social and Labor Council(ESLC) is gearing up for the preparation of amendment bills to meet the basic requirements for the ratification of two core ILO conventions(Convention No. 87 and No. 98) regarding the freedom of association and right to organize by the end of this month.
The amendment will target on the Trade Union and Labor Relations Act and the Act on the Establishment, Operation of Trade Unions for Teachers which prohibit the dismissed, the unemployed and workers in the special forms of employment from joining in or forming trade unions, along with the Act on the Establishment and Operation of Public Officials' Trade Unions. ILO has already made recommendations to the Korean government several times to abolish or revise the legal provisions.
Public interest members of the Labor Relations System and Practice Improvement Committee set up by the Economic, Social and Labor Council revealed the 'priority items for the legal amendment' that they identified with the consensus in a forum titled 'Ratification of ILO Core Conventions, Global Standards of Labor Rights' organized by the Constitution Article 33 Committee, a research group of the National Assembly on October 4.
The priority items for the legal amendment will be reviewed for the inputs from the members representing employers and labor in a plenary meeting of the the Labor Relations System and Practice Improvement Committee scheduled on October 5 before a draft of the public interest members will be worked out in a public interest members' workshop scheduled on October 6 to 7. When the Labor Relations System and Practice Improvement Committee succeeds in producing a tripartite agreement based on the draft made by the public interest members, steps will be taken for the legislation procedures. It seems likely that members of the parliament will submit the amendment bills to the National Assembly.
reported by Bae Hye-jung
translated by Kim Sung-jin
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