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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on June 17th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Picture of the Day: Minimum Wage Protest

A group of members from part-time workers organizations calls for an increase of a minimum wage to 10,000 won (US$8.85) per hour from the current 4,860 won during a rally in front the Korean Employers Association in Seoul on June 14, 2013. The government sets a minimum wage every year in order to stabilize the livelihood of workers. (Yonhap)

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  • Flunky Brewster
    2:18 pm on June 17th, 2013 1

    The Korean left held power for 10 years, from 1998-2008, largely on the votes and political support from labor unions yet no meaningful labor protections or reforms were passed during that time. Even now the Korean left gladly accepts the assistance of labor unions but does little to assist the members of those unions. Instead the labor leadership and the elected officials they support only seem to care about giving money to North Korea. They would have a great deal of support, even among Korea’s conservative middle class, if they tackled some of the issues facing average Koreans in the workplace like excessive work hours and the overuse of part-time workers to avoid paying benefits. But they seem to prefer to use power simply for themselves so they can seem important without actaully accomplishing much.
    As an aside, the same thing could be said of the relationship between the labor unions and the Democrats in Washington, DC.

  • Glans
    3:18 pm on June 17th, 2013 2

    So, Flunky, the “left” aren’t really the left, are they? They’re the pseudo-left. Just like the pseudo-democrats.

  • Bob
    7:18 pm on June 17th, 2013 3

    My wife works 9 hrs a day 5 days a week at 6.5k won an hour. She brings home about 1.1 mill a month.

    A pay raise to 10k won an hour would be awesome! That be about 1.9 mill instead that extra 800k a month would be sweet and allow us to get a bigger apartment.

  • Bob
    7:19 pm on June 17th, 2013 4


    Wrong place, wrong argument. People who are only earning minimum wage aren’t unionized.

  • William
    9:26 pm on June 17th, 2013 5

    They even got ultra low cost signs. A large banner costs under $30 USD. Split 10 ways, that is round trip bus fare.

  • Smokes
    12:33 am on June 18th, 2013 6

    10,000 won (US$8.85) seems a lot for min. wage but then again I haven’t worked a junk job since 94; what is the take on the Drop as to what a good minimum wage would be that someone could live on but wouldn’t be so high employers would cut jobs because they coudln’t afford it?

  • Flunky Brewster
    2:07 am on June 18th, 2013 7

    4- The protesters are demanding that the government raise the minimum wage. That’s lobbying elected officials. If you paid attention to Korean politics then you would understand that the leftist parties are suppoed to be the parties of the “working people.” The unions claim to be working to help “working people.” They do absolutely nothing for them yet can rely on their votes.


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