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2017-10-26 17:12
Few groups might have felt the change of political power from conservatives to liberals more acutely than labor unions.

One of the first things the Moon Jae-in administration did after it took office was to abolish what the unionists called the two “poisonous guidelines” made by its predecessor — the dismissal of underperforming employees and the change of company rules without the consent of unions.

The first government-labor dinner meeting in the reception hall of Cheong Wa Dae, usually reserved for events welcoming state guests, also showed the emphasis this government places on industrial peace.

Ruining the harmonious mood was the boycott by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), the more militant of the nation’s two umbrella unions; the other being the Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU).

Announcing its decision to turn down Moon’s invitation just hours before the dinner, the KCTU cited two reasons — the attendance of the chairman of the Tripartite Committee, and the presidential office’s contacts with unions under its wing.
“We are sick and tired of serving as a sideshow in politicized events,” it said.

Both are lame excuses, if not sheer nonsense, given the KCTU has persistently called for the government to hold such a meeting.

Moreover, the current head of the tripartite panel, Moon Sung-hyun, is a former KCTU leader. If the umbrella union’s leaders had been swayed by hardliners in the run-up to an election to pick its new president, it only highlighted the present president’s weak leadership and the militancy of the next one.

All this casts a dark cloud on the national economy, which badly needs smooth labor-management relations to get back to its previous growth track.

If the KCTU — Moon’s support base which played a crucial role in last year’s candlelit protests that led to the ouster of former President Park Geun-hye — continues to behave like the President’s “political creditor,” it will soon be reduced to a “real sideshow” in Korea’s labor movement.


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