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International Labor Brief (Vol. 18, No. 05, 2020)
Author International Cooperation and Information Office
Publication Date 2020.05.15
Language Korean
Page 119 Pages
Price KRW 6,000
Publisher Korea Labor Institute

Global Focus

Legal Protection on Crowd Work (Jeseong Park) 


Special Feature: Protection of Platform Workers

European Legal Framework (Valerio De Stefano, Antonio Aloisi)

The Law on Mobilities Orientation and the Social Charter for Platform Companies: What Regulation for the Activity of Platform Companies in France? (Coralie Larrazet)

Legal Protections for Platform Workers (Miriam A. Cherry)


International Labor Trends

The Impact of COVID-19 and U.S Trade Union Response (Seong-Hoon Hong)

Germany’s COVID-19 Related Support Policies for Self-employment and SMEs (Seung Hyun Lee)

Sweden’s Response to COVID-19 (Ji-Won Song)

France’s Response to COVID-19 (Taehoon Lee)

Organizing Non-regular Workers in Japan: Focusing on the UA ZENSEN (Joonhee Park)


World Labor News

* Please be noted that the articles are available only in Korean.


Monthly Labor Review (Issue No. 182, May 2020)
Author Center for Labor Trends Analysis
Publication Date 2020.05.10
Language Korean
Page 128 Pages
Price KRW 6,000
Publisher Korea Labor Institute

Labor Focus

The Meaning and Methods for Night Work Regulation (Keunju Kim)


Special Feature : Service Sector Night Work- Suggestions for Human-Centered Division of Labor

Consumer Society and Nigh Work: Legal Review (Jeseong Park)

Statistics of Night Work: Night, Work, Living and Health (Seung-Yeol Yee)

Night Work and Collective Agreements: Focusing on Nursing Industry (Jeong-Hee Lee)

Profit-Seeking Night Work: Examples from Night-time Delivery Workers (Jong-sik Park)


Statistics Prism

Disaggregation of Factors that Cause Economic Growth after the Economic Crisis (Kippeum Lee)


Monthly Review of Recent Employment and Labor Law Cases


Trends of Labor Markets and Industrial Relations




* Please be noted that the articles are available only in Korean 

Working Paper

(Working Paper 2020-01) Evaluation of 2019 Labor Market and 2020 Employment Outlook

■ Author: Center for Labor Trend Analysis

■ Publication Date: April 24th, 2019

■ Pages: 11


■ Table of Contents

I. Overview of the Labor Market in 2019
II. Evaluation of 2019 Labor Market by Sector
   1.Growth in Employment Rate of Youths in Their 20s Led by Those Attending Schools
   2.Continuing Employment Downturn Amongst Men in Their 30s~50s
   3.Rapid Growth of Employment Rates for Those Aged 60 and Over
   4.Continued Increase in the Number of Self-employed without Employees
   5.Continued Employment Increase Driven by Part-time Workers
   6.Manufacturing Jobs Continues To Decline
   7.Improving Employment in the Service Industry
III. Employment Outlook for the Second Half of 2019 and 2020​


■ Summary 

The average number of employed persons during the period of January-October 2019 increased by 276,000 persons year-on-year. The employment rate was 60.9%, an increase of 0.2%p from last year, while the unemployment rate stood at 3.9%, down 0.1%p year-on-year. Despite continued economic downturn, it is analyzed that the baseline effect owing to the small employment growth and faster population growth than the previous year, the expansion of the government’s job creation project as well as the improved employment in certain parts of the service sector contributed to the positive results. Even so, in terms of the quantitative assessment of the 2019 labor market, the continued slowing trend in employment among men in their 30s~50s and employment increase mainly driven by part-time work remain as limiting factors. Although several forecasters predict slightly better economic conditions for 2020, it is projected that the number of employed persons in 2020 will increase by 207,000 persons, down from 2019, given a high likelihood of limited growth in aggregate employment as the nation’s population decline among those aged 15-64 takes its full swing and the population growth among those aged 15 or over continues to stagnate.


* This working paper was originally written and published in Korean, on December 13th, 2019 in the KLI Employment and Labor Brief (2019-08).


  • (Working Paper 2020-02) 2019 Review of Industrial Relations and Outlook for 2020

    ■ Author: Jeong-Hee Lee

    ■ Publication Date: May 25th, 2019

    ■ Pages: 11


    ■ Table of Contents

    I. Statistics on 2019 Industrial Relations
      1.Collective Bargaining
      2.Collective Action
      3.Current Situation of Trade Union Organization
    II. Assessment of 2019 Industrial Relations
      1.Labor Reform- Balancing Pace and Direction
      2.Evaluation by Issue
    III. Industrial Relation in 2020-Outlook and Challenges
      1.Overall Outlook
      2.Industrial Relations in 2020-Outlook and Challenges by Issue​


    ■ Summary 

    Given the strong dependence of industrial relations on the pace and direction of government policy implementation, in the process of evaluating this year’s industrial relations and projecting outlook for next year it is crucial to examine the Korean government’s policies. In 2019, third year of the Moon Jae-in administration, changes in the pace and direction of labor reform policy enforcement are highlighted as main issues in industrial relations. Changes in these policies can be assessed as ‘adjusting pace’ and ‘withdrawal’. Certain policy goals were renounced due to employment effects and market backlash (e.g. the minimum wage increase to 10,000 won); grace periods after policy implementation were granted for the purpose of market acceptance (e.g. the 52-hour cap on weekly working hours); the government missing the chance to move forward (e.g. the ratification of ILO Core Conventions); excessive roles assigned to resolve government issues (e.g. social dialogue); and certain policies not being promoted (e.g. the introduction of a system of permitting non-regular employment only in exceptional cases). These policy changes had a major impact on industrial relations. This article evaluates industrial relations in 2019 and summarizes the issues and challenges for 2020.


    * This working paper was originally written and published in Korean, on December 13th, 2019 in the KLI Employment and Labor Brief (2019-08).


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