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National Assembly passes industrial safety bill

기사승인 2018.12.28  09:48:12

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The National Assembly on Thursday passed a revised bill aimed at strengthening industrial safety measures amid public anger over the recent death of a young contract worker at a thermal power plant.

The bill calls for contractors to take measures to better ensure the safety of irregular or contract workers and mandates stiffer punishments in the event of accidents.

The so-called Kim Yong-gyun act is named after a 24-year-old subcontract worker who was killed in a conveyor belt accident earlier this month at the power plant in Taean, about 150 kilometers southwest of Seoul.

The top policymaker and parliamentary panel chiefs from the ruling Democratic Party and two opposition parties discuss ways to revise a bill aimed at strengthening industrial safety measures on Dec. 27, 2018, at the National Assembly in Seoul.

His death has sparked public uproar about contract workers' safety and treatment at workplaces and prompted lawmakers to deliberate on the bill for its passage at the final plenary session of this year.

Last week, the parties agreed in principle to revise the motion so as to limit the outsourcing of work entailing high risk and guarantee employees' rights to suspend work in case of possible risks.

The parties reached a compromise over two sticking points -- contractors' responsibility for the prevention of industrial accidents and the level of punishment for employers in case of fatal accidents.

The Assembly also passed the motion that calls for giving 100,000 won (US$89.17) per month to parents of children under age six regardless of their income.

Currently, families in the top 10 percent of the income bracket are not entitled to the subsidy.

The revision will take effect in January next year. (yonhap)

Cho Kyung-hee edt@koreapost.com

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