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(LEAD) Gov't, ruling party agree to probe of contract worker's death in accident

Politics 16:17 February 05, 2019

(ATTN: UPDATES with more info in last 2 paras)

SEOUL, Feb. 5 (Yonhap) -- Officials from the government and the ruling Democratic Party (DP) agreed Tuesday to conduct an investigation into the death of a young contract worker at a thermal power plant in December, party officials said.

Kim Yong-gyun, a 24-year-old subcontract worker, was killed in a conveyor belt accident in mid-December at the power plant in Taean, about 150 kilometers southwest of Seoul.

His death sparked public anger about the treatment of temporary workers. It also prompted the National Assembly to pass a bill aimed at strengthening industrial safety measures last year.

Government and DP officials made the agreement Tuesday to operate a joint committee to look into the case and come up with a result by June 30, they said.

The committee will draw up measures to ensure the safety of irregular and contract workers, the officials said.

Kim's funeral, meanwhile, will be held Thursday for a three-day run following the agreement, a civic group said.

The funeral has been postponed for nearly two months as the civic group and his bereaved family have called for an investigation to uncover the truth about the accident and punish those responsible for his death.

A civic group holds a press conference on Jan. 31, 2019, in central Seoul, calling for the punishment of those responsible for the death of Kim Yong-gyun, a subcontract worker who was killed in a conveyor belt accident in mid-December at a power plant. (Yonhap)


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