On the 18th, the first day of the Chuseok holiday, cosmetics sales staff at some department stores and the union of marts went on strike effectively by taking vacations and not going to work.
However, it was not an all-out strike, so department stores and marts appeared to be operating normally.
According to the distribution industry on the 18th, most members of the L’Oreal, Chanel, and Shiseido branch of the Department Store Duty Free Sales Service Union of the Democratic Union Service Federation did not go to work that day.
According to the union of Chanel Korea, 80% of the total union members (about 1,600 people nationwide) went on strike.
Earlier, the union protested the department store’s unilateral decision to overtime and demanded a wage increase, announcing a strike during the Chuseok holiday.
The union strikes by stopping work for the two days immediately preceding each department store closing day.
A department store official said, “Some cosmetics stores are not in business,” but “there are non-union members who do not participate in strikes among the employees, and the business has not been completely halted because of the dispatch of personnel from the cosmetics company’s headquarters.”
On that day, the Homeplus branch of the Mart Industry Labor Union also went on strike, demanding that the sale of stores be stopped.
About 3,500 union members in about 80 of the 138 Homeplus stores will not go to work for three days from this day to the 20th.
A Homeplus official said, “About 15% of the 22,000 total employees participate in strikes.”
Reporter Lee Hee-kwon [email protected]