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Friday, April 16, 2004

Life of a temporarily employed (pijônggyujik)

A good feature article in Ohmynews about a woman who has been working as a temporary employee in various banks since the late 90s after being laid off from a bank after 13 years' service and who is about get fired (or more formally, whose contract is about not to be renewed).
What is quite remarkable is that her salary has been 1/3 of that of the permanently employed despite of the almost similar work; she gets some million W (670 €) a month, with 15 years' experience counted. Don't know what the basis is for this big difference in wages. From the article:
허씨에게도 좋은 시절이 있었다. 1983년 상고를 졸업하고 13년간 B은행에 다니는 동안 그는 아쉬울 게 없는 직장인이었다. 하지만 1990년대 중반 은행권에 구조조정의 태풍이 불어닥치면서 허씨도 명예퇴직 대상자가 됐다.
허씨는 B은행을 그만둔 뒤 3년만에 C은행에 계약직으로 취직했는데, 당시 월급은 B은행을 퇴사할 때의 30% 수준에 불과했다. C은행 시절 허씨를 더욱 힘들게 만든 것은 돈보다도 재계약에 대한 스트레스였다.
정규직보다 많은 실적을 올리고도 6개월마다 가슴을 졸이며 재계약을 하는 것이 너무 괴로워 2년만에 사표를 썼다. 그 뒤 금융권은 정규직이 빠져나간 자리에 경쟁적으로 비정규직을 채우기 시작했고, 허씨도 A은행 비정규직으로 재취업하게 된 것이다.
What, half of the jobs in Finnish banks disappeared in the rearrangements (kujo chojông) after the economic crisis of the early 90s, so welcome to the developed world, Korea.

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