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2012 New Year Special Talk Part 2

Updated: 2012-01-03 00:00:00 (KST)
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[Interview : Moon Conn-young, Anchor
Arirang Today] "Thank you for joining us today."

[Interview : Lee Chae-pil, Minister
Ministry of Employment and Labor] "It's my pleasure."

[Interview : Moon Conn-young, Anchor
Arirang Today] "A new year has begun, and it has been about seven months since you were appointed Minister. How would you evaluate the policies of the Ministry of Employment and Labor over the past year

[Interview : Lee Chae-pil, Minister
Ministry of Employment and Labor] "I think that there were both notable achievements and disappointments. The new law permitting multiple unions and collective bargaining through a bargaining representative union is implemented in 93% of firms, and 97.5% of firms have implemented the new paid time-off system.99.6% of firms that agreed to this have put it into actual practice. This indicates that Korea's management-labor relations is rapidly becoming more advanced.On the other hand, there are many people, including young people, who find themselves unemployed. Others are working excessively long hours, suffering from industrial accidents, or are struggling in the competition between large and small corporations. These are issues we must resolve in the future."

[Interview : Moon Conn-young, Anchor
Arirang Today] "Job creation is a major issue all over the world. Some say that 2012 will be an even more difficult year than 2011, increasing the need for a stronger employment safety net. How will you strengthen those protections

[Interview : Lee Chae-pil, Minister
Ministry of Employment and Labor] "First, we will create policies that provide support for employment insurance and national pensions to assist those with low income.Sometimes, when business is slow, a company may shut down. Korea implemented an employment insurance policy for self-employed workers for the first time starting January of this year. We are also looking into policies that will stabilize income for people who are taking unpaid time off work because of slow business. At the same time, we will emphasize learning and training to get people back to work. So far, we had only been offering job training services for the unemployed, but we plan to expand those opportunities for those with irregular jobs and children of low-income families. We hope to make 2012 a year of increased welfare through work."

[Interview : Moon Conn-young, Anchor
Arirang Today] "The National Assembly has passed the KORUS FTA, which will affect many parts of society. How will it affect the labor market

[Interview : Lee Chae-pil, Minister
Ministry of Employment and Labor] "Once the KORUS FTA goes into effect, it will create many opportunities in the Korean labor market. In the long-term, the market will grow up to 5.7%, and jobs will increase by up to 350,000. More jobs will be created in industries like electricity, electronics, automobile, and finance. On the other hand, the FTA will also have some negative effects. We will alleviate those effects by offering job training to lead people to better jobs, and set up FTA support teams in 47 government offices all over the country that will provide customized job matching counseling."

[Interview : Moon Conn-young, Anchor
Arirang Today] "Irregular jobs are a serious issue in Korea. I understand that the government recently announced a policy to change irregular jobs into indefinite contract jobs. How can we resolve the issue of irregular jobs

[Interview : Lee Chae-pil, Minister
Ministry of Employment and Labor] "Last September, we announced a policy that would resolve the problems of irregular jobs. People who work continually and regularly in the same job may qualify for a change in status to an indefinite contract worker, which would provide some more job security. When companies have no choice but to use subcontractors, they will be encouraged to offer a regular job to their workers after a certain period of time. In addition, they will need to provide the same basic welfare services and facilities for irregular workers as well. If we receive reports of discrimination, we will work to correct those situations."

[Interview : Moon Conn-young, Anchor
Arirang Today] "Are there any other major policies in 2012 that you'd like to share with us

[Interview : Lee Chae-pil, Minister
Ministry of Employment and Labor] "We plan to create specific policies for those who have trouble finding employment, such as young people, senior citizens, and the disabled. In the case of young people, it is important to ensure hiring practices based on merit and not just name value, so we plan to provide companies with a standard system for evaluating core skills. In addition, we want to raise awareness about small but strong companies among job seekers by utilizing IT and smartphone applications, and to dispatch employment counselors to youth employment centers to provide more information. Second, we want to correct some of the practices that have become customs in Korea's labor market. They include long working hours, the difficulties faced by smaller corporations, and discrimination against irregular workers. We want to make sure that irregular workers are receiving fair treatment and protection through a strong social safety net. Jobs must be secure and offer hope for the future. Third, we must promote management-labor relations that go beyond safety and cooperation to become the engine of new jobs. Those three ideas will be at the core of this year's government labor policies."

[Interview : Moon Conn-young, Anchor
Arirang Today
] "What would you like to tell Korea's youth, who are coming into a new year

[Interview : Lee Chae-pil, Minister
Ministry of Employment and Labor] "This year is the Year of the Black Dragon. It is an important year for dreams, courage, and challenge. With Korea as your foundation, look to the world and be passionate about your goals. There are opportunities everywhere you look. Give it your best!"

[Interview : Moon Conn-young, Anchor
Arirang Today
] "Thank you for your time today."

[Interview : Lee Chae-pil, Minister
Ministry of Employment and Labor] "Thank you for having me."


Reporter : minju@arirangtv.com

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