1/4 of Workers to Miss out on Long Chuseok Holiday

  • By Kwak Soo-keun

    September 13, 2017 11:34

    Up to a quarter of workers will not be able to enjoy the full 10-day Chuseok break this year, a survey suggests.

    The Chuseok holiday proper lasts from Oct. 3 to 6 this year, but a one-off holiday declared for Monday Oct. 2 and Hangeul Day on Monday Oct. 9 bring the full break to 10 days including the weekends.

    But the poll of 1,250 members by the Federation of Korean Trade Unions on Tuesday shows that only 76.2 percent of respondents will take Oct. 2 off, while the rest said they will have to work that day.

    Most of those who cannot take the temporary holiday said they cannot take a break because they work shifts. Others said they will work because the temporary holiday is not stipulated in the labor law or collective agreements.

    By trade, 75.4 percent of transport workers and 58.6 percent of hospital workers will work on Oct. 2. Transport workers will only be able to take an average of 4.5 days off during the 10-day break.

    Only 61 percent workers said they will actually take all 10 days off, suggesting that some will work for overtime pay even if they could enjoy the full break.

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