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Govt reaches collective agreement with labor union for central govt officials for first time in 11 years

All Headlines 17:06 December 12, 2017

SEOUL, Dec. 12 (Yonhap) -- The government and a labor union for central government employees reached a collective agreement Tuesday for the first time since the two sides began collective bargaining negotiations 11 years ago, a fruit of President Moon Jae-in's labor-friendly policies.

The agreement reached between the Ministry of Personnel Management and the State Public Officials' Labor Union calls for establishing a labor-management consultative council to discuss working conditions and welfare measures for civil servants.

It also calls for the government to recognize union representatives' participation in regular meetings of delegates as official leaves of absence. The ministry also agreed to positively consider a series of union proposals to improve working conditions, including improving maternity leave.

Salaries are not part of the negotiations.

The deal marked the first collective agreement between the two sides since collective bargaining began in 2006. The negotiations, which had been suspended in January last year after 20 rounds of talks, resumed after the inauguration of the Moon administration earlier this year.

The union for mid- and lower-level central government officials, which has some 25,000 members, is separate from the bigger union Confederation of Korean Government Employees' Unions that has a membership of 98,000 people.
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