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Umbrella union files appeal against 'too low' minimum wage for next year

All News 15:40 July 05, 2022

SEOUL, July 5 (Yonhap) -- The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), a major umbrella labor group, filed an appeal Tuesday against next year's minimum hourly wage, protesting the 5 percent increase agreed for 2023 as "too low."

The KCTU filed the appeal with the labor ministry, asking for a reconsideration of the agreement.

Last week, the Minimum Wage Commission, composed of nine members each from labor, business and the general public, agreed to set next year's per-hour minimum wage at 9,620 won (US$7.40), in a 5 percent increase from this year.

"The minimum wage for 2023 was decided without taking the current economic situation into account, such as skyrocketing prices," Park Hee-eun, KCTU vice chairperson, said in a conference.

The business sector has also vowed to file its own appeal against next year's minimum wage.

By law, the labor ministry is required to announce next year's minimum wage publicly by Aug. 5 so that it can come into force on Jan. 1, 2023.

Both sides can object to the agreement, and subject to the minister's approval, request a reevaluation by the commission. However, a reevaluation has never occurred since the minimum wage system was introduced in 1988.

Officials of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions hold a press conference in Seoul on July 5, 2022. (Yonhap)


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