Sep. 15, 2017
At the opening ceremony of the Seoul field labor office on September 12th (Tue.) Employment and Labor Minister Kim Young-joo promised that she would visit all of the nine field labor offices by September 28th (Thu.) to listen directly to the voice of the general public, and she is delivering on that promise.
Following her visit to the field labor offices in Seoul and Gwangju on September 12th (Tue.), she visited the field labor offices in Ulsan and Daegu on September 15th (Fri.) at which she received suggestions from the general public and conducted counseling in person.
In particular, the Minister held a meeting with self-employed people and micro entrepreneurs in Daegu just after her visit to the Daegu field labor office.
At the meeting, she listened to their difficulties and suggestions with regard to the minimum wage hike and working time reduction and explained and discussed the government's measures and future plan to ease related cost burdens.
At the end of the meeting, the self-employed people and micro entrepreneurs submitted their suggestions and complaints directly to the Minister to improve labor administration practices and systems.
Minister Kim stressed that it is necessary to raise the minimum wage and reduce working hours in order to make the people's lives happy and address the income polarization in Korea.
She said that MOEL will do its utmost to ease the cost burdens on self-employed people and micro entrepreneurs who might experience business difficulties due to the minimum wage increase, for example by providing about 3 trillion won in job security funds.
She also said that MOEL will, as a top priority, push ahead with an amendment to the Labor Standards Act which would reduce the maximum working hours to 52 hours a week and will reduce and eventually abolish the scope of industries exceptionally excluded from the working hour provisions.