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[labor news] Ministry of Education signs collective agreement with unions representing irregular education workers, after 5 years of negotiations
▲ The Ministry of Education and the National School Irregular Workers Solidarity Conference sign the first collective agreement which contains the improvement of working conditions for the accounting staff of national schools at the Government Complex Seoul on the afternoon of Apr. 26. From left; Na Ji-hyun, president of the Korean Women's Trade Union, Ahn Myung-ja, executive director of the education contract workers division of the Public Service and Transport Workers Union, Kim Sang-gon, Education Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Park Geum-ja, president of the School Irregular Workers' Union. (photo provided by the education contract workers division of the Public Service and Transport Workers Union)

For the past five years, the National School Irregular Workers Solidarity Conference comprising the education contract workers division of the Public Service and Transport Workers Union, the National School Irregular Workers' Union, and the Korean Women's Trade Union as a joint negotiation team has gone through 200 rounds of collective bargainings with the Ministry of Education, until they finally reached a collective agreement which contains the working conditions of irregular workers at the national schools.

The Ministry of Education and the Solidarity Conference signed a collective agreement which includes the guarantee of trade union activities and the improvement of working conditions for national school irregular workers at the Government Complex Seoul on Apr. 26. The school accounting staff are those who are not civil servants but engaged in education and administrative jobs. There are about 560 workers in the fields of school affairs, science, data processing, administrative support at the national schools across the country.

reported by Yun Ja-eun
translated by Kim Sung-jin

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