|▲ The Power Plant Irregular Workers' Solidarity Council of the Korean Public Service and Transport Workers' Union(KPTU) holds a rally to call on five power generating corporations in Korea to stop the establishment of a subsidiary designed to hire irregular workers on September 20 in front of the Blue House. [Yun Ja-eun/The LaborToday]|
Five power generating companies in Korea jointly commissioned a project to a management consulting firm for the purpose of establishing a subsidiary. Criticism arises against the decision of their strategic approach for 'the establishment of a subsidiary' in the middle of the ongoing discussion on the conversion of irregular jobs to regular positions by a consultation body within the companies consisting of labor, management and independent experts.
Caleb & Company which carries out a project commissioned jointly by the five power generating companies is a management consulting firm that has already stirred controversy, as it has advised the establishment of subsidiaries to other public institutions as well. It seems that the management consulting service rendered by Caleb & Company with its specialty in the establishment of subsidiaries fits well with the interest of the public institutions which incline to avoid the direct employment of irregular workers.
A document titled 'the joint project of five power generating companies for the implementation of good job conversion' obtained by the Labor Today on September 26 shows the process of the establishment of a subsidiary with details that it finishes the establishment of a subsidiary by early November and completes the job conversion to regular workers by the end of the year. In recent, the five power generating companies attempted to call a meeting to explain the workers' representatives of the labor-management-expert consultation body about the establishment of a subsidiary but the meeting was held back by the Power Plant Irregular Workers' Solidarity Council of the Korean Public Service and Transport Workers' Union(KPTU).
Of about 7,800 workers indirectly hired by the five power generating companies, only about 1,400 workers were fixed in their conversion method to regular positions. Even in some cases, hiccups were created due to managers' participation in the consultation body in the place of labor representatives. However, the reality on the ground is that the total number of indirectly employed irregular workers who had been converted to the regular workers reaches only about 50 workers. Park Joon-seon, KPTU organizing director, said that "The five power generating companies seem to be impatient with the slow progress in determining the conversion method," and he continued, "this situation causes them to push ahead with the method of the establishment of a subsidiary by constraint."
reported by Yun Ja-eun
translated by Kim Sung-jin
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