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Minister of Employment and Labor stresses overcoming COVID-19 crisis in a human-centered way in his speech at the 109th ILO Conference

 

Minister of Employment and Labor stresses overcoming COVID-19 crisis in a human-centered way in his speech at the 109th ILO Conference

 

   ■ Promoting employment policies for inclusive, sustainable, fast and strong recovery

 

- Jun. 9(Wed), 2021-

 

 

  □  Minister of Employment and Labor An Kyung-duk attended the 109th session of the International Labour Conference, which was held virtually on Tuesday, June 8, at 1pm (Geneva time; 8pm Korea time). As a chief delegate of the Korean government, the minister gave a speech.

   ㅇ  Minister An emphasized that the damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has been concentrated among the vulnerable in the labor market, including youth, women, and gig economy workers.

     -   He stated that, in the same context as “human-centered recovery from COVID-19,” the core agenda* of this year’s plenary session of the conference,

     -   the Korean government has made bold policy efforts to take advantage of the crisis to ensure a “more inclusive labor market.”

       *    The Director General’s report (“Work in the time of COVID”) and an annex (“A global call to action for a human-centered recovery from Covid-19 that is inclusive, sustainable and resilient”)

    ㅇ As the government has focused its policy efforts* on job stability and support for the vulnerable, Korea is witnessing employment recovery trends** including the increased number of employed people since March of this year.

*Job-related budget (including supplementary budget): (2019) 23.4 trillion won (2020) 40 trillion won

** Number of employees (Unit: 10,000 people, YOY): (Nov, 2020)27.3 (Dec.)62.8 (Jan. 2021)98.2 (Feb. 2021)47.3 (Mar. 2021)31.4 (Apr. 2021) 65.2

 

     ㅇMinister An stated that South Korea, however, will not remain satisfied with this achievement and

      -  will continue to implement customized employment policies for women and youth, to strengthen its employment safety and, to expand vocational training for industries such as IT and low-carbon, and to build a framework for a just labor transition.

       *   Employment policy for youth and women (March), software workforce training plan (June), just labor transition support plan (July), first national employment support basic plan (second half)

    ㅇ Minister An Kyung-duk further emphasized that, “The power to weather a grave crisis like this pandemic comes from solidarity and cooperation.”

       -    He added, “Korea will faithfully embody the spirit of the fundamental Conventions ratified this year and make sustained efforts for the industrial relations based on autonomy and accountability.”

   □ The conference taking place virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic in two years is attended by representatives of governments, employers, and workers from 187 countries. From June 3rd to 19th, discussions on current employment and labor issues faced by countries, such as the current status of member states’ implementation of the ratified Conventions and the strengthening of the social security, are held.

      ㅇIn addition, discussions will resume in late November to continue discussions on “inequality and the world of work” and “Skills and lifelong learning” considering the limitations of video conferencing.

 

   □ Meanwhile, the tripartite members of the member states will adopt the resolution, “A global call to action for a human-centered recovery from COVID-19 that is inclusive, sustainable and resilient” after discussion at the conference.

 

 

Last Modifide Date   :   Mon June 21, 2021
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