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2017-11-26 17:09
The National Assembly passed a bill last week that will enlarge the number of assistants per lawmaker to eight from the current seven. This will enable each lawmaker’s office to additionally hire a grade 8 assistant, apart from the more senior grade 4, 5, 6 aides and the lower grade 9 aides.

The plan will require the National Assembly Secretariat to spend an additional 6.7 billion won annually. Parties acted with unusual swiftness in approving the bill.

The lawmakers’ offices already employ too many assistants, in comparison to legislatures in other countries.

The job descriptions for the different grades of assistants are not quite clear and some of them overlap. It is incomprehensible why lawmakers need an extra assistant. The Assembly should have made it clear to the public about why they need extra employees and how the extra hiring will improve their productivity as lawmakers.

Many taxpayers will find the extra hiring plan laughable since the Korean lawmakers have long been criticized for not doing much while collecting hefty paychecks and special allowances, not to mention abusing all kinds of other privileges. The swift action to expand the number of assistants in the legislative branch shows the lawmakers’ insensitivity toward public opinion.

The additional hiring goes completely against the pledge of the 20th National Assembly, which was launched in May 2016, to reduce some of the lawmakers’ privileges. Instead of expanding the number of assistants, the Assembly should have come up with measures to downsize the Assembly workforce.

The opposition parties have been adamantly protesting the Moon Jae-in administration’s plan to hire more public servants. Their protest of Moon’s job policy sounds hollow after the lawmakers agreed to expand their own offices.


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