Moon hopes for renewed labor council meeting

SEOUL, President Moon Jae-in expressed hope Wednesday for resolving pending labor issues through dialogue among relevant parties.

In his Labor Day message posted on his Facebook account, he expected that the Economic, Social and Labor Council, a presidential advisory body, will return to normal operations at an early date.

The labor circles have refused to attend its session in protest against the government's push for expanding flexible working hours.

The liberal president, a former human rights lawyer, stressed that creating a society to respect labor is his administration's key policy goal.

"I'd like to make a country (where people are) proud of labor," he said, enumerating related policies.

Raising the minimum wage, turning part-time workers into full-time employees and introducing the 52-hour workweek system are all intended to enhance the quality of laborers' living and labor itself, he added.

Moon said the time has changed and workers should pursue "respect" by seeking "co-prosperity," rather than a fight.

Source: Yonhap news Agency

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