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MOEL conducts regular inspection campaign to protect construction workers' rights and interests

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Jul. 9, 2017

 


With a view to protecting construction workers' rights and interests, the Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL) is set to conduct inspections of construction sites nationwide from July 10th (Mon.) to August 4th (Fri.) with a focus on the state of enrollment in the retirement mutual aid scheme for construction workers and essential working conditions.

 


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  If a construction business owner who has signed up for the retirement mutual aid scheme* pays contributions corresponding to the number of days worked by his/her daily construction worker each month into the mutual aid scheme, the mutual aid association for construction workers accumulates those contributions to pay retirement benefits when the construction worker retires from the construction industry.  

 

    * Anyone who carries out a public construction project worth 300 million won or more, a private construction project worth 10 billion won or more or a project to construct an apartment building or officetel (commercial-residential building) with 200 or more units (rooms) should sign up.


 

The regular inspection campaign will focus on finding construction sites' failures to pay contributions into the retirement mutual aid scheme for construction workers*, failures to make a written labor contract** and pay delays*** with the aim of further enhancing the protection of construction workers' rights and interests. 

 

* As of the end of June 2017, the number of workplaces owing at least 10 million won in contribution arrears was 554, and the total amount of their contribution arrears was 15.7 billion won.

 

** Only 60.6% of construction workers made their employment contracts in writing. (The Comprehensive Survey on the Present State of Construction Workers by the Mutual Aid Association for Construction Workers in 2015)

 

*** The total amount of unpaid wages in 2016 was 1.4 trillion won, and 220 billion won or 16.5% of the total was accounted for by the construction industry.

 

In particular, this year, unlike last year*, MOEL selected 100 principal contractors** failing to pay contributions into the retirement mutual aid scheme, a key obligation that should be fulfilled to ensure the welfare of construction workers in old age, and will conduct inspections of them, thereby enhancing the efficiency of the regular inspection campaign.

 

* The 104 principal contractors subject to regular inspection in 2016 were chosen mainly from among newly established workplaces and workplaces carrying out a large construction project worth 5 million won or more.

 

** Workplaces which were owing at least 30 million won in contribution arrears, using a large number of construction workers and having a construction progress rate of 30~60% as of the end of June 2017 were selected.

 

The inspection campaign will focus on whether workplaces violate the Labor Standards Act and the Act on the Employment Improvement, etc., of Construction Workers.

 

With a view to protecting construction workers' rights and interests, MOEL will check whether employment contracts are made in writing (specifying wages, working hours, holidays and leave), whether workplaces comply with the principle of paying off any money or valuables owed to workers and of paying wages on a regular basis, and whether there is any pay delay.

 

It will also intensively inspect whether the requirement to designate and report an employment manager* is violated, whether employment-related amenities, such as bathrooms, canteens and changing rooms, are installed, whether the establishment of retirement mutual aid relationships is reported and whether contributions have been paid into the retirement mutual aid scheme.

 

* Each workplace shall designate and report an employment manager to handle affairs concerning enrollment in the retirement mutual aid scheme and the installation of amenities for construction workers (Article 5 of the Act on the Employment Improvement, etc., of Construction Workers)

 

** An employer who has joined the retirement mutual-aid scheme shall report the establishment of his/her retirement mutual aid relationship to the mutual aid association within 14 days from the date the construction project begins (Article 10-4 of the Act on the Employment Improvement, etc, of Construction Workers)

 

MOEL will take sanctions, such as imposing a fine under the Labor Standards Act or the Act on the Employment Improvement, etc., of Construction Workers, for violations found during the regular inspections of the construction sites.

 

Those violations will be posted on the websites of the mutual aid association for construction workers and construction business owners' organization. MOEL, in cooperation with the construction business owners' organization, will give guidance to workplaces not included in the inspection campaign to consistently boost their law-abiding spirits. 

 

Moreover, MOEL will further strengthen construction workers' rights and interests, for example by establishing a system of collaboration with the mutual aid association for construction workers and distributing PR materials, including 'Manual on the Retirement Mutual Aid Scheme for Construction Workers', 'Free Employment Services for Construction Workers' and 'Skill Upgrade Training Support for Daily Construction Workers', across workplaces subject to inspection.

 

Na Young-don, Director-General of MOEL's Labor Market Policy Bureau, emphasized, "Construction workers are a typical vulnerable group. We will ensure that the regular inspection campaign can contribute to the protection of their rights and interests."

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