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Tuesday, January 20, 2004

(social categories) 90% of production workers see themselves as "middle-low" or "low" stratum

The Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (KRIVET - Han'guk chigôp nûngnyôk kaebalwôn) has surveyed the "stratum (class) consciousness" and the degree of work satisfaction of production laborers. Hankyoreh titled the story as "90% of production workers 'low-middle' or 'low' stratum". KRIVET did the survey on 960 production workers in big factories; 49.6% felt themselves to be "low-middle" stratum (중하층), and 37.3% "low stratum" (하층). The longer the service the lower the degree of satisfaction towards one's work.

One fourth responded that their employment was not that voluntary (자발적으로 취업했느냐). Main reasons for not liking one's employment were "not good prospects", "doesn't fit one's specialty of learning and personality", "doesn't like hard and difficult work".

Citing single survey results like these doesn't tell much, whether the class or stratum consciousness has changed (for example the sense of belonging to the lower strata increased), but let's have this here for future reference, or something

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