|▲ The Federation of Korean Trade Unions(FKTU) filed a petition signed by its president Kim Ju-young(center) with the Supreme Court on the morning of Jan. 17, in support of union officials holding signs to call for double premium pay on holiday work and reduction of actual working hours to 52 per week. (photo provided by FKTU)|
The nub of the confrontation between labor and management surrounding the reduction of working hours is double premium pay for holiday work, namely combining holiday allowance with overtime allowance. The Supreme Court will hold a public hearing on the related case in the proceedings on Jan. 18. The labor circle insists that "working hours done on holiday exceeding the statutory 40 work hours per week fall under the purview of not only holiday work but also overtime work," and demands that "the combined compensation of holiday allowance and overtime allowance is paid."
The government reportedly takes a position that it will deal with the amendment bill of the Labor Standards Act that includes the issue of double premium pay for holiday work during a special session of the National Assembly in February, before the general consensus ruling by the Supreme Court full bench consisting of chief justice and 13 other justices, which is estimated to take place about 3 months after the public hearing.
The labor circle reportedly opposes the passage of the amendment bill of the Labor Standards Act by the National Assembly in February before the Supreme Court decision, and the stance was shared by the two trade union centers, the Federation of Korean Trade Unions(FKTU) and Korean Confederation of Trade Unions(KCTU). According to the information provided by multiple union sources, on Jan. 16, KCTU met with Labor Minister Kim Young-joo and asked her to postpone the tripartite representatives' meeting scheduled for Jan. 24.
reported by Lee Eun-young
translated by Kim Sung-jin
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