The steering committee of the Economic, Social & Labor Council has failed to reach an agreement on the ratification of the ILO core conventions.
The committee held a meeting on May 20 and decided not to discuss the issue any longer. The result of the previous discussions is going to be reported to the next plenary committee. The International Labour Organization has 189 conventions, including eight core conventions. South Korea has ratified four out of the eight core conventions. Those already ratified include bans on discrimination and child labor and the other four include those related to the freedom of association and forced labor.
The council began to discuss the issue in July last year. However, employers, employees and the government failed to resolve their difference of opinions.
“Although the result of the dialogue is not completely satisfactory, we could better understand each other and become more aware of the relevant issues through the in-depth social dialogue,” said Park Tae-ju, head of the steering committee, adding, “I hope that the previous discussions will be of much help for future discussions outside the framework of the Economic, Social & Labor Council.”