조선업 특별고용지원업종 지정 ‘급물살’ – 김정수
Korea’s shipping industry is struggling to stay afloat, and President Park cut right to the issue during her speeech at the newly formed parliament.
Our Kim Jung-soo tells us how the president plans to try and save shipping.
In her speech at the National Assembly, President Park Geun-hye addressed several difficult economic issues facing Korea.
In particular, she stressed the administration’s intent to classify the shipping-industry as a “special-industry for employment support.”
“The shipbuilding and shipping industries that have driven our economy and exports are now having their very existence threatened. I will make sure the shipbuilding industry is classified as a special industry for employment support sometime this month so that companies can retain their workforce and save on social insurance costs.”
The government’s employment-support program was first established in December 2015.
Industries can receive subsidies in employment maintenance fees, and recently laid-off workers in the shipbuilding sector will receive unemployment payments for 120 to 270 days, compared to the usual 90 to 240 days.
Unemployment benefits will also increase from 50 percent to 60 percent of the originial wage.
The president’s speech is expected to speed up the government’s review process, which was first initiated when the Korea Offshore & Shipbuilding Association applied for the support program on May 13.
The non-profit association is formed by nine of the country’s biggest ship-building companies,… and includes Hyundai Heavy Industries, Hanjin Heavy Industries, and Samsung Heavy Industries.
Regarding the President’s speech on Monday, industry officials have expressed initial satisfaction.
They also hoped the Park administration will do its best to address the difficulties faced by some workers who will inevitably lose their jobs.
Meanwhile, shareholders from Daewoo Shipbuilding have issued a plea to the company’s 7-thousand union workers, cautioning that ongoing support and restructuring efforts could be withdrawn if the union decides to strike.
The union will make its final decision by late Tuesday.
Kim Jung-soo, Arirang News.
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