|▲ The 'Civil Society Countermeasures Committee to Stop Mass Layoffs of Shipbuilding Subcontractor Workers' holds a press briefing to announce the pursuit of a parliamentary inspection to resolve the blacklist problem which was allegedly used to suppress trade union activities of subcontractor workers in the shipbuilding industry in Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul on July 17.(Je Jeong-nam/The Korea Daily Labor News)|
According to the public notice on the forms of employment released by the Ministry of Employment and Labor on July 2, the number of workers in shipbuilding industry shrank to 130,000 as of March this year, down 67,000 from 197,000 a year ago. The number of regular workers decreased to 50,000, down 12,000 from 62,000 and the number of precarious subcontractor workers fell to 80,000, down 55,000 from 135,000.
The unionized subcontractor workers who had been laid-off are unable to land new jobs, allegedly due to the blacklist not to recruit the unionized workers shared by the shipbuilding companies.
Furthermore, in case of the irregular workers union of Hyundai Heavy Industries(HHI) and Hyundai Mipo Dockyard which is affiliated to the Korean Metal Workers' Union, 80 percent of the union officers have been driven out of jobs.
reported by Je Jeong-nam
translated by Kim Sung-jin
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