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President Moon has reaffirmed his campaign pledge to create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the public sector.
Korean workers have long faced the difficulty of irregular employment, low pay and long hours — something President Moon said today he wants to have a plan in place to fix by the end of the year.
Kim Mok-yeon has our top story.
In his first official schedule outside of the presidential office, President Moon Jae-in visited the Incheon International Airport Corporation on Friday for an event that aims to address the nation’s high unemployment rate.
The event took place under the slogan “Ushering in an era of no irregular workers in the public sector”.
Moon’s visit reflects his determination to keep his campaign promise, which was to fight chronic youth unemployment and create more than 810,000 public-sector jobs during his presidency.
During the event, President Moon said that economic polarization is getting worse, noting the wages of non-regular workers are nearly half those of regularly employed civil servants, and said this is hampering the country’s economic development.
He pledged that the government will solve this by first properly addressing the issue of irregular jobs.
“I have promised to solve the employment crisis during my presidency. Starting with the public sector, I will open an era of zero irregular jobs within my term.”
Moon said the government will soon launch a study to more accurately understand the actual working conditions and keep track of the number of non-regular jobs in the public sector.
He also urged the government to come up with a solution by the end of this year.
However, along with the government’s efforts, the new President asked workers to be patient, pointing out that turning irregular jobs into regular ones, reducing working hours and increasing job openings could be a burden not only on companies, but workers too.
He stressed the need for cooperation between labor and management as well as the government in order to get to the root of the problem.
Kim Mok-yeon, Arirang News.
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