▲ The third tripartite representatives meeting in which chief executives representing the government, trade unions and employers participated. The meeting was held at the headquarters of the Federation of Korean Trade Unions
(FKTU) on April 23 this year. (archive photo/Jeong Ki-hoon, The Labor Today)
Amid the decision recently made by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions(KCTU) to return to the tripartite representatives meeting, it is anticipated that the 4th tripartite representatives meeting will be held in mid-September. As the Economic, Social and Labor Council(ESLC) will be officially launched in October, the 4th meeting will be the last one before the launch of the ESLC. The tripartite representatives meeting was formed as a temporary consensus-building organ to redesign a new social dialogue body.
KCTU declared its pull-out from the tripartite representatives meeting in protest of the revision of the Minimum Wage Act which extended the minimum wage components in May. After the third meeting on April 23, the meeting has not been called for 4 months up until now.
The 4th tripartite representatives meeting has to deal with piles of work to endorse the mid-term reports of the agenda committees and the establishment of the industry committees and the composition of the plenary committee.
reported by Bae Hye-jung
translated by Kim Sung-jin