|▲ The Korean Public Service and Transport Workers Union holds a press briefing in front of the Blue House on April 19. (Yun Ja-eun/The Labor Today)|
97 percent of safety accidents and 92 percent of fatal accidents in the power generating plants appeared to have happened at the outsourced workplaces with the workers of subcontractors involved. Demands are arising that "the nation's five power generating plants should not outsource the dangerous jobs or transfer the safety responsibility to the subcontractors and individual contract workers. Instead, the power generating plants should hire them directly."
The Korean Public Service and Transport Workers' Union(KPTU) held a press briefing in front of the Blue House on April 19, calling for the conversion of the permanent and continuous jobs outsourced by the power generating plants to direct employment to tackle the workplace accidents and protect the people's life.
Of 346 workplace accidents occurred at the nation's five power generating plants for the period of 5 years from 2012 to 2016, 337 accidents(97%) happened in the jobs done by the workers of subcontractors. Of 40 fatal accidents for the period of 9 years from 2008 to 2016, 37 deaths(92%) were irregular contract workers.
Controversy has been brewing over a consultation report by Seojung, a labor law firm, to the nation's five power generating plants that allegedly recommended to directly employ only 2 percent of the irregular contract workers.
reported by Yun Ja-eun
translated by Kim Sung-jin
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