|▲ The Korean Public Service and Transport Workers Union(KPTU) Seoul Chapter holds a rally to call for a proper regularization of contingent jobs in front of the Korea Development Bank main office in Yeouido, Seoul on November 15. [Yoon Ja-eun/The Labor Today]|
Amid the escalating conflicts over the change of contingent jobs to regular jobs in the public sector, suspicions were raised if the establishment of subsidiaries which the public institutions push forward is designed to help their executives and employees enjoy their vested interests after retirement. It is because there is a case that a KDB employee was appointed as managing director of a subcontractor firm to KDB after having tendered his resignation. Another case is that the Korea South-East Power Corporation was recruiting managing director of its subsidiary, only targeting Grade-1 employees within the corporation.
The Korean Public Service and Transport Workers Union(KPTU) Seoul Chapter held a press briefing in front of the KDB main office in Yeouido, Seoul on November 15, suspecting that "KDB appears to push the consultation (with the workers) to change the contingent jobs to regular jobs to the brink of collapse for the sake of the vested interests of its executives and employees and continuous job security after their retirements," and denounced that "the conversion to regular jobs is being unilaterally and aberrantly carried out for the security of the vested interests of the executives and employees."
Doorebiz is a subcontractor firm established in 2005 and wholly owned by an organization called 'Haengwoohoi' which was formed by the retired KDB's executives and employees and provides services of cleaning, security and facility maintenance. According to the information provided by the KPTU, KDB business support director only identified with the surname of Song signed a 3.7 billion won(US$3.3 million) contract with Doorebiz on March 31, 2016 and three months later he was appointed as managing director of Doorebiz on July 18 and he is still in the position up until now.
Despite the opposition of the subcontract workers of Doorebiz, KDB in recent unilaterally notified a policy in the decision for the establishment of a subsidiary through voting. KDB and subcontract workers hired by Doorebiz are currently under the consultation to change contingent jobs to regular jobs. However, KDB sent a text message to the members of a consultative body consisting of labor, management and experts on November 13, reading that "the agenda item regarding the establishment of a subsidiary shall be decided through voting in the meeting scheduled on November 19." According to the labor union, of 18 members of the consultative body, 13 members are representing the interests of the bank, but 4 members from labor and 1 specialist. The labor union is concerned that "if it is put to the vote, the proposal to establish a subsidiary shall be passed."
Last month, the Korea South-East Power Corporation was internally recruiting a candidate for the position of managing director of a subsidiary which will be established to hire the subcontract workers in changing contingent jobs to regular jobs. The qualifications for the position require the employees of Grade 1 or higher, or the retirees from the corporation not longer than 3 years. According to the All Public Information In-One(ALIO), the number of employees with the level of Grade 1 in the Korea South-East Power Corporation is 45.
The Korea Western Power Corporation held a board meeting on October 24 and adopted an agenda proposed for 'the investment for the establishment of a subsidiary for the change of contingent jobs to regular jobs'. The proposal details that the subsidiary will recruit 465 subcontract workers who are subject to the change to regular jobs, one position for managing director, and 9 positions for administration and divisional management. The KPTU criticized that "even though they insist on the cost rising pushed by the conversion to direct employment, main factors for the big expenses lie in the compensation for managing director and management personnel of subsidiaries."
reported by Yoon Ja-eun
translated by Kim Sung-jin
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