|▲ Members of the Courier Workers' Solidarity Labor Union and other civic organizations denounce CJ Korea Express(CJ Logistics) for its refusal to bargain collectively with the labor union as an act in violation of the law in a press briefing held on October 1 in front of the company's head office in Jung District, Seoul.[Jeong Ki-hoon/The Labor Today]|
It is anticipated that CJ Korea Express could face an investigation by the prosecution on the allegation of committing an unfair labor practice for its refusal to bargain collectively with the Courier Workers' Solidarity Labor Union. Aside from this, the Ministry of Employment and Labor(MOEL) is currently examining the use of replacement workers during the labor union's strikes for its compliance with the pertinent legal provisions. Since the MOEL granted a labor union registration to the Courier Workers' Solidarity Labor Union which organized self-employed courier workers who are categorized as the workers in the special forms of employment last year, the ministry seems to increase its pressure upon CJ Korea Express to recognize the labor union and bargain collectively.
According to the information by the MOEL on October 1, MOEL's Seoul Regional Office will soon submit the case to the prosecution with a view of indictment, because of the refusal of CJ Express Korea to bargain collectively with the labor union which falls under the purview of committing unfair labor practices in breaching the Trade Union and Labor Relations Adjustment Act.
The Courier Workers' Solidarity Labor Union received an union registration certificate approved by the MOEL in November last year. It was the first national labor union which organized self-employed workers in the special forms of employment. In January this year, the labor union demanded CJ Korea Express to bargain collectively. However, CJ Korea Express did not even make public notice at the workplaces that a labor union demanded the management the collective bargaining which is the first step in the bargaining procedures regulated in the Act.
With the application of remedy requests lodged by the labor union, the MOEL Seoul Regional Office and the National Labor Relations Commission decided in February and March respectively that "CJ Korea Express should make public notice of a demand for collective bargaining filed by the labor union at all the workplaces." However, with an appeal to the decision of the National Labor Relations Commission, CJ Korea Express filed a lawsuit with the Administration Court which is pending now.
As CJ Korea Express kept on avoiding the collective bargaining, the Courier Workers' Solidarity Labor Union filed a complaint with the MOEL Seoul Regional Office against CJ Korea Express for the violation of the Trade Union and Labor Relations Adjustment Act on May 30 this year.
reported by Jeh Jeong-nam
translated by Kim Sung-jin
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