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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

irregular workers' wages 50% of the regulars' wages

Busan Ilbo tells of a survey by the Bank of Korea, that the wage level of irregular workers in 2003 was 49.7% of that of regularly (permanently) employed workers, which is a remarkably lower figure than in Western nations. The figure had fallen below 50% from the 53.4% in 2002. The gap between permanently and irregularly employed workers is expected to widen further in 2004.
The same figure in Germany is 83%, Denmark 78%, Finland 77%, Italy 72%, France 71%.

The proportion of regular and irregular employment
1993 1998 2000 2002 2004.1 ~11월
상용직 58.9 53.1 47.9 48.4 51.2 (regularly employed)
임시, 일용직 41.1 46.9 52.1 51.6 48.8 (irregulars, day laborers)


The figures show what kind of an impact the "IMF crisis" had on labor. The proportion of regular labor seems to have increased slightly in the last years, but it cannot be much of a solace when the income gap is constantly widening. And this really is a huge problem for the unions and for the representation of the interest of workers in general. Is the interest of a Hyundai Automobile plant worker the same as the interest of a worker of a Hyundai Automobile subcontracting company? Or better, does the former see his own interests coincide with the latter? When the option is sending one's child to good schools as far as possible from the factory, I'm afraid that's hardly the case.

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