|▲ Yoon Ja-eun/The Labor Today|
A Kwangwoon University labor union representing cleaning service workers, an industrial union local to the Korean Public Service and Transport Workers' Union(KPTU) and a subcontracting firm made a framework agreement in March this year, which included a clause that[ the firm] agrees on a voluntary(separate) negotiation with the labor union." However, in recent, when a second enterprise-based labor union was formed and its membership grew larger than that of the existing industrial union local to become the majority labor union, the subcontracting firm refused the demand of the industrial union local for collective bargaining. In response to the firm's refusal, the KPTU's Seoul Region Public Service Chapter filed a complaint of unfair labor practices with the Ministry of Employment and Labor(MOEL) on December 6. The KPTU's Seoul Chapter held a press briefing on the same day to call on the Ministry of Employment and Labor(MOEL) to conduct a thorough investigation into the alleged unfair labor practices and guarantee the basic labor rights of the contingent workers in front of the MOEL's Seoul Regional Office. The allegations of similar unfair labor practices in utilizing tactics of weakening the industrial union locals while supporting enterprise-based unions and refusing the industrial union's demand for collective bargaining in the procedure for determining the bargaining representative union were also reported in other workplaces of cleaning service workers like Yonsei University Severance Hospital(referred to as Taega BM case) and Korea University Anam Hospital.
reported by Yoon Ja-eun
translated by Kim Sung-jin
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