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Let us have A Break!
Lim Soo-bin  |  minniesb@hotmail.com
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승인 2012.06.05  14:00:48
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Workers should be compensated with another break off for the bank holidays that overlap with the weekend. National holidays have no meaning since the weekend is everyone’s break day, regardless. Workers in South Korea officially have 134 to 144 holidays yearly. However, actual holidays which exclude annual paid holidays and national holidays that overlap with normal days off count for 118 to 122 days. The more holidays that overlap with the weekend, the more disappointment workers feel. It is important to give workers enough break time due to a number of reasons. They can use the spare time to develop themselves, and labor productivity can increase in accordance with the increase of workers’ business concentration ability. Also, more workers can be hired to replace the working time of original employees. Finally, the travel industry as well as the leisure sports industry can develop, since more people would spend money on them in their spare time. Two solutions can be suggested to solve this problem. First one is a substitution holiday law. It is a law that makes Monday a holiday when a bank holiday is on the weekend. Another solution is designating holidays as a day of the week and not as an exact date. This system is now practiced in the United States. For example, Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. is every third Thursday of November. In this case, holidays will never overlap with the weekend. In 2011, the South Korean Ministry of Strategy and Finance had also promoted this system. They planned to move Children’s Day, Memorial Day, and the National Foundation Day of Korea to appointed days of the week. However, there is still no word from them. It is surprising to discover that South Korean employees have the longest working time among those from other Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries. In other countries, employees who worked additional time are compensated with another holiday, and some companies have a “sick day” system where workers who are sick can rest at home. In addition, workers in some other countries have a week of holiday after Christmas Day. Thus, South Korean workers should have enough working time by practicing either solution mentioned above.
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