|▲ The scene of the extraordinary national congress (on policy) organized by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions(KCTU) on October 17 last year which has been failed to discuss the KCTU’s participation in the social dialogue body for lack of a quorum. [Jeong Ki-hoon/The Labor Today]|
The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions(KCTU) is holding an annual national congress to decide its participation in the Economic, Social and Labor Council(ESLC) - a newly restructured social dialogue body, on January 28 at the KBS Arena Hall in Gangseo Disctrict, western Seoul, which is another effort of the KCTU leadership to sit on the social dialogue table, following its failure for the decision three months ago.
Despite high level commitments of KCTU president Kim Myung-hwan for “a player in the match framed in the social dialogue ring” and President Moon Jae-in’s request to KCTU for its participation in the ESLC, the atmosphere surrounding the congress is still formidable to predict the result. In October last year, KCTU has not forecast the lack of a quorum, and it can happen again this time. Internal and outside opinions tilted toward “the fate of the decision is still open to conjecture.”
reported by Bae Hye-jung
translated by Kim Sung-jin
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