President Park Geun-hye has stressed the need
for collaboration and understanding from all sectors of society, to help create more decent
jobs for young people. At a meeting with her senior secretaries,
she also ordered the launch of a new regional police agency to better protect citizens from
North Korean threats. Song Ji-sun starts us off. Citing the umbrella labor union’s boycott
last week against tripartite negotiations with the government and management,…President
Park Geun-hye asked for joint efforts and cooperation to create new jobs for the youth.
The government last Friday announced labor guidelines… based on the agreement reached
between labor and management in September last year.
The landmark deal is aimed at making Korea’s labor market more flexible by implementing
the wage-peak system and allowing companies to dismiss underperforming workers.
Workers oppose the guidelines, with one of the two major unions going on strike Monday.
Park refuted accusations that the new norms are designed to create jobs through fair employment
practices. “Easy layoffs are not part of the government’s
fair labor guidelines. On the contrary, the guidelines require companies
to present standards and procedures based on the performance and capabilities of their
employees and provide equal opportunities, training and assessments. It guards against
unfair dismissal.” She again stressed that related labor reform
bills pending at the National Assembly must be passed…to ensure reforms are realized.
Monday’s senior presidential secretaries’ meeting was the first of this year… after
the initial meeting was cancelled following North Korea’s sudden nuke test. “President Park also addressed the need to
establish a regional Police Agency in northern Gyeonggi-do Province… to ease concerns of
residents living close to the border in case of further provocations from the North.
Song Ji-sun, Arirang News.”