Jae-myung Lee and Chairman of the Gyeongchong Federation spark nerve war over the Act on the Punishment of Serious Disasters

Democratic Party presidential nominee Lee Jae-myung visited the Korea Employers’ Federation (KEI) and had a conversation with CEOs, and had an argument with Kyung-Sik Sohn, chairman of the Kyung-Sik Conference, over the request for reconsideration of the Serious Accident Punishment Act. When Chairman Sohn requested revision and reconsideration of the bill several times, Candidate Lee countered, ‘We will strictly deal with safety issues’ and ‘This is serious from the perspective of the families of 2,000 industrial accident victims a year.’

Kyungsik Sohn, Chairman of the Gyeonggi Federation, made this request while stating that it is a difficult problem for Korea to become a business in the afternoon of the 12th at the ‘Together with the Democratic Party’s Lee Jae-myung and the 10th group CEO talk “Let’s untie the tie”‘ held at the Gyeongcheok Hall in Yeouido, Seoul. Chairman Sohn said, “There are more corporate regulations than the global standard.” “Various administrative and fair trade regulations are much more stringent than the global standards, and recently, even the commercial law regulation of controlling shareholders’ voting rights has been strengthened unprecedentedly in the world. Fundamental regulatory reform is needed.”

Chairman Son pointed out that the tax burden is also very large and said, “As tax systems such as inheritance tax, corporate tax, and real estate tax place a great burden on the public and businesses, improvement in this area is necessary.” He continued, “In Korea, there are too many provisions on criminal punishment for entrepreneurs in various laws and regulations, so many businessmen are taking high criminal law risks.” They are in a situation where they will be driven,” he said, taking issue with the Serious Disaster Punishment Act. Chairman Son demanded that this bill be revised to fit reality and that disaster prevention activities should be significantly strengthened.

Regarding the issue of labor regulation, Chairman Son argued that “the appearance of jobs is becoming more diverse, but the labor law system remains at the level it was created in the 1950s half a century ago,” and “it lacks the flexibility to accommodate the circumstances of the times.” He criticized the introduction of the 52-hour workweek system, saying, “I cannot help but feel sorry for the system that did not understand the situation in the field.” Chairman Son said, “What is more worrisome is the climate of our labor-management relations. Advancement of labor-management relations is a task that cannot be delayed any longer and must be resolved as soon as possible.”

Even on environmental issues, he said, “There is no disagreement that environmental issues such as carbon neutrality in response to the climate crisis must follow the global trend, but we must keep pace with countries around the world.

▲Kyung-sik Son, president of the Korea Employers Federation, is calling for reconsideration and revision of the Act on the Punishment of Serious Accidents during a talk held by Lee Jae-myung, CEO of the 10 largest groups, held at the Gyeongbokgung Palace on the afternoon of the 12th. Photo = Captured from MBC video

In his closing remarks, Chairman Son repeatedly urged, “Since there are many problems with the Serious Disaster Punishment Act, I would be grateful if you pave the way so that we can reconsider this without forgetting it.”

In response, Candidate Jae-myung Lee said in his greetings, “Both unilateral strengthening of regulations and unilateral deregulation are wrong.” He said, “There is talk of a severe disaster punishment law that conflicts with regulations, but right now, people are very worried about who is isolated because it collapsed in the process of building an apartment at a company. Don’t you?” he asked. Candidate Lee said, “This is the conflicting part.” “I think that safety issues are about the lives and safety of all our people, so I think it is necessary to be strict.” It is not possible to develop to that level, so it would be good to harmonize the two.”

In his closing remarks, Candidate Lee continued, regarding the enforcement of the Serious Accident Punishment Act, “The United Kingdom is a representative case (with this system), whereas the United States does not have a lower occupational fatality rate than the United Kingdom. Ultimately, it will be necessary to make efforts to reduce industrial accidents and prevent serious accidents from occurring in the industry.” Candidate Lee said, “It will be a concern for companies, but it is a serious topic for the families of the more than 2,000 people who lose their precious lives every year due to industrial accidents. answered.

At the same time, Chairman Son Kyung-sik provoked controversy by demanding that the policy be lifted, arguing that the increase in the quota of the Seoul National University’s computer science department was due to the overcrowding policy in the metropolitan area. Chairman Sohn said he would like to say one more word as soon as Lee’s closing remarks were finished, and said, “The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Seoul National University had a capacity of 60 students 10 years ago, but it has not changed and there is a lot of demand.” It has increased,” he explained. He continued, “If this is the cause, it is because it is allocated according to the suppression of overcrowded population in the metropolitan area.” He continued, “Each university has to concede (the quota) to another department to increase the computer science department, but other departments share their interests couldn’t give Even if we fall into overcrowding in the metropolitan area, in this case, I think it should be boldly released.”

▲ Democratic Party presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung is answering the demands of Chairman Sohn Kyung-shik during a talk with the CEO of 10 major groups held at the Gyeongbokgung Palace on the afternoon of the 12th.  Photo = Captured from MBC video
▲ Democratic Party presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung is answering the demands of Chairman Sohn Kyung-shik during a talk with the CEO of 10 major groups held at the Gyeongbokgung Palace on the afternoon of the 12th. Photo = Captured from MBC video

Candidate Jae-myung Lee said, “It’s an interesting and painful point,” but “overcrowding in the metropolitan area is also a problem, and the disappearance of provinces is also a problem.” Candidate Lee asked why the computer science department at Seoul National University is different from Stanford, saying, “Stanford is located in a rural area from the American perspective. Can we do this by increasing the number of computer science departments at POSCO University by 200?” he asked. He countered, “If Seoul National University’s quota continues to increase, the problem of overcrowding in the metropolitan area will worsen and this will be alleviated, but other problems will be exacerbated, so we need to harmonize it.”



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