The Korean economy has fallen into a trap of 'labor survival'. The government's minimum wage, which is at the forefront of income-led growth, has driven small and medium-sized businesses and self-employed businesses into financial difficulties due to the speed increase. This led to job losses, which led to the first drop in wages for the vulnerable, aggravating income inequality. The five- to five-hour workweek policy is also being pushed forward without detailed analysis of the impact of each industry, and the expansion of the flexible working system to compensate for the impact is at a loss in the labor community.
Moon Jae-in governments respect their own labor to push policy boils down to ‘paradox of a good policy’ and of the country's labor policy that is choking the economy and the masses should come up with new editions.Voice of. The argument that the minimum wage for next year (CU8,350 per hour) should be frozen or suspended immediately and that the minimum wage for next year should also be included is gaining momentum.
The number of small and medium-sized companies hiring was 67,372 in 2014, but has decreased gradually every year, increasing this year's decline. The steep rise in minimum wage last year and this year has led to the relief of small and medium-sized enterprises and self-employed workers. As labor costs have skyrocketed, companies are in a position to reduce the number of employed foreign workers. According to the Korea Federation of Small and Medium Businesses, the ratio of small and medium-sized companies applying for visas for foreign workers decreased by 89.1 percent to 140.2 percent this year from 229.3 percent last year.
Business leaders and opposition parties cry that they cannot delay the basic algebra of the 30-year-old minimum wage system, including freezing minimum wage. "The minimum wage for next year should be frozen and the application of the increase should be postponed for half a year if it is difficult to decide," said Sohn Hak-kyu, chairman of the party`s Future Party.
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