|▲ Members of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions(KCTU) perform an act of demanding the reduction of working hours and the abolition of special provisions as to working and recess hours, following a press briefing in front of the National Assembly on Feb. 23.|
The Environment and Labor Committee of the National Assembly is scheduled to hold its Employment and Labor Subcommittee meeting on Feb. 26 followed by the plenary session to discuss the agendas on the reduction of working hours and the minimum wage components.
It seems likely that the draft bill, disallowing the double premium rates for extended holiday works, which was agreed by the executive secretaries of the political parties of the Environment and Labor Committee in November last year will be deliberated. The labor circle strongly opposes the move at the National Assembly. The labor law revision bill agendas that reportedly include the expanded minimum wage components for the revision of the Minimum Wage Act further agitated the labor circle.
According to the Environment and Labor Committee, the agendas placed before the Employment and Labor Subcommittee on Feb. 26 are 17 revision bills to cut working hours in the Labor Standards Act and 3 revision bills in relation to the adjustment of the minimum wage components in the Minimum Wage Act.
The deliberation is likely to focus on the two revision bills; one submitted by the ruling Democratic Party which bans the holiday work in principle and the other agreed by the executive secretaries of the political parties of the Environment and Labor Committee in November last year which disallows the double premium rates for the extended holiday work. While the ruling party is expected to push for the passage of the former, the conservative opposition parties may support the latter.
reported by Kim Hak-tae
translated by Kim Sung-jin
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