President urges efforts to ensure cut in working hours will lead to new jobs

SEOUL, President Moon Jae-in on Monday called for government efforts to make sure the recent cut in the maximum working hours will lead to new jobs, and improve the living and working conditions of all laborers.

The unicameral parliament approved a revision to the Labor Standards Act last week, reducing the maximum statutory workings hours to 52 hours a week from the current 68 hours.

"The reduction in working hours is a valuable opportunity to expand the number of jobs," the president said during a weekly meeting with senior aides at his office Cheong Wa Dae.

"I ask the government to come up with active support measures so the cut in working hours will lead to job sharing and employment of the youth," he added, according to pool reports.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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