South Korea: Anti-McDonald's Protests In Korea Battle Low Wages, Unfair Working Conditions, Say Labor Activists

Author: Shuan Sim, International Business Times, Published on: 11 February 2015

... McDonald’s part-time workers in Korea earn a minimum hourly wage of 5,580 won ($5.10) per hour ... The protesters have also said that McDonald’s in Korea fills every restaurant position with temporary workers to cut costs, including administrative ones. Other complaints include the company arbitrarily adjusting schedules, sometimes on a day-to-day basis, to keep workers under the 60-hour per month limit for part-time workers. "The managerial-level positions are the only workers that are officially employed, who make us even more uncomfortable when working," the union said in a statement. McDonald’s has responded to the protest, saying that it did not break any laws in its hiring and management policies. "What the union is saying is a complete distortion. McDonald's clearly abides by the labor law," the company said, according to the Korea Times. The AWU began noticing complaints against McDonald’s last November, when 21-year-old part-time worker Lee Ga-hyun was allegedly fired for being a union member and for reporting arbitrary adjustments to her schedule. The union had said that 65 percent of McDonald’s workers experience arbitrary schedule adjustments and 22 percent have reported paycheck delays. ...

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