A suicide note was found in Bae Dal-ho’s car after he committed suicide on 10 January near a cooling tower on the site where he worked.
Part of the note signed by Bae said, “Due to the company’s provisional seizure of my wage, I did not receive any pay for more than six months. No wage will be paid to me on this forthcoming payday, nor the day after tomorrow. But the most painful thing is to see my co-workers dismissed for union activities. Doosan should reinstate them.”
This book is more than a review of labour law, it is the only comprehensive review available of labour law in the Asia Pacific region. It investigates the impact of labour law on workers in 30 countries. It analyses trade union and labour activists’ responses to changes in labour law, and examines what labour law means for workers’ daily lives. Each chapter representing a country can be downloaded country wise for download below.
Last year, over 280 Chinese workers in a single textile factory located in South Korea demonstrated to demand payment of the legal minimum wage. The 280 workers were receiving as little as their counterpart workers in a subsidiary Korean-invested factory in China, where the cost of living is considerably less than in South Korea.
This dispute is complicated by the way the company divides and rules the workforce using a variety of hiring/contractual systems; similarly this report is complicated by the English words used to describe each group. The chart below hopefully simplifies, defines, and standardises the confusion.
The current statutory working week is 44 hours. The real working hours in the immediate aftermath of the economic crisis and the IMF-prescribed loan declined slightly due to corporate structural adjustment and slump in the operational rate of facilities. However, from 1999, working hours increased again.
This report presents the first systematic public analysis of the code of conduct monitoring methods employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to inspect factory labour practices around the world. The author accompanied PwC auditors on factory inspections in China and Korea, and evaluated PwC's findings for a factory in Indonesia.
South Korea's economy has fallen into serious crisis since 1997 and is now under the control of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The current economic troubles were unexpected, but the causes seem to be rooted deep in the South Korean economic structure.