Some 200 public employees to be sacked, referred to prosecutors over job favor cases

SEOUL-- Some 200 executives and senior officials at state-run firms will be sacked or referred to state prosecutors over cases of solicited employment, South Korea's finance ministry said Monday.

Of them, the chief executives of eight public firms will be immediately fired, according to the ministry.

The ministry said it has also taken punitive and administrative actions related to 255 cases, and 83 job favor cases were referred to prosecutors.

In October of last year, the government launched a probe of all state-funded firms to find out if any job favors were given to children of influential people in politics and business circles amid rising public anger over reports of illicit employment.

Earlier, some 10 public firms, including Kangwon Land, a state-run casino operator, came under fire for hiring new workers at the request of influential public and business figures.

President Moon Jae-in also has called for a thorough inspection of all public enterprises to find out whether jobs were given unfairly.

The chief executive said those who illicitly offer jobs as favors will face criminal charges, as well as face damage suits from their organizations.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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