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KLI Employment and Labor Brief (Issue 68, January 2017)
KLI Employment and Labor Brief (Issue 68, January 2017)
  • Table of Contents

    1. Collective Bargaining and Disputes in 2016

    2. Major Incidents and Issues Related to Industrial Relations in 2016

    3. Overall Evaluation of Industrial Relations in 2016

    4. Prospects for Industrial Relations in 2017
     

    Summary:

    The industrial relations of 2016 were characterized by severe conflicts between labor and government due to the labor’s resistance and backlash against the Park Geun-Hye Administration’s labor reform policies. The conflict between Labor and Government surrounding the five labor reform acts, two related guidelines, implementation of performance-based pay system, and measures to improve illegal or unfair collective bargaining among others had influence not only on public enterprises but also the national bank and public hospitals. Collective bargaining in finance, healthcare, and public sector experienced a series of breakdowns, while the strikes in the private sector such as Hyundai Motors became prolonged, resulting in a record-high number of lost working days since the national currency crisis. In light of the past experience of unstable industrial relations during transition of power as well as the current economic downturn, the industrial relations of 2017 could grow even more unstable.

    The industrial relations of 2016 were characterized by severe conflicts between labor and government due to the labor’s resistance and backlash against the Park Geun-Hye Administration’s labor reform policies. The conflict between Labor and Government surrounding the five labor reform acts, two related guidelines, implementation of performance-based pay system, and measures to improve illegal or unfair collective bargaining among others had influence not only on public enterprises but also the national bank and public hospitals. Collective bargaining in finance, healthcare, and public sector experienced a series of breakdowns, while the strikes in the private sector such as Hyundai Motors became prolonged, resulting in a record-high number of lost working days since the national currency crisis. In light of the past experience of unstable industrial relations during transition of power as well as the current economic downturn, the industrial relations of 2017 could grow even more unstable. ​

     

    * Please note that the article is available only in Korean.