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The issue of ‘implementation of social agreement’ that caused a strike by CJ Logistics courier workers

▲ The workers of CJ Korea Express, the national courier union, hold a strike resolution meeting in front of CJ The Center in Jung-gu, Seoul on the afternoon of the 29th. <정기훈 기자>

CJ Logistics courier workers went on strike for the second day on the 29th, urging Woncheong to implement a social agreement. The National Courier Union points out that, according to the social agreement, the courier company will take care of the increase in courier charges, which should be used to input sorting personnel and purchase employment and industrial accident insurance, and the standard contract can also be neutralized through an attached agreement. In response, CJ Logistics countered that it is not true that most of the increase results in the company’s profits, because when the courier fee increases, the courier’s fee naturally rises.

Where is the increase in courier charges being used?

There are two reasons why the union believes that CJ Logistics is not properly implementing the social consensus. First of all, of the courier charges raised by CJ Logistics, only about 30% is used for sorting manpower input and social insurance premiums, and the rest is taken up by courier companies. In January, when the social consensus organization specified the responsibility of sorting, which was the cause of overwork, as a courier, CJ Logistics hired 4,000 sorting workers. Accordingly, in April, it was decided to raise the delivery fee for corporate customers to 250 won. The actual increase is different from the ‘250 won’ because the actual increase has to go through a process of consultation with the customer and the unit price differs depending on the size and weight.

More important than the actual amount of the increase is where the increase is being used. According to the union, Woncheong pays 38.3 won for sorting expenses and 13.6 won for employment and industrial accident insurance premiums to courier agencies. Of the 170 won, only 51.6 won is used to improve the treatment of courier workers, and the remaining 118.4 won is taken by Woncheong. Through the second social agreement in June, 170 won per box (150 won for sorting personnel + 20 won for insurance) was calculated as a direct cost increase factor to improve sorting work and to protect delivery drivers such as employment and industrial accident insurance. A union official said, “Lotte and Hanjin, etc., are paying 75 won (a total of 95 won including insurance) as half of their sorting workers are currently being used.

CJ Logistics said, “It is difficult to confirm,” when asked how much of the actual increase was allocated to the input of classified manpower and the cost of employment and industrial accident insurance. However, the position is that it is unreasonable to claim that the company took all the profits because the increase in courier charges leads to an increase in courier fees. The union countered that, “60 to 70% of delivery drivers are receiving a flat fee for each paper feeding section.” CJ Logistics responded that it was not true, saying, “Most of them are fixed-rate systems.”

Same-day delivery “Toxic clause” vs “No”

The main issue is whether or not the annexed agreement to the standard contract goes against the purpose of the introduction of overwork prevention and treatment improvement. The union said that unlike other courier companies such as Lotte, Hanjin, and Rosen, which submitted the standard contract from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, CJ Logistics went against the purpose of the social agreement by presenting an annexed agreement with contents such as ‘same-day delivery’ and ‘6 days a week’. claim The annexed agreement between the agency and the delivery driver disclosed by the union states that in principle, the same-day delivery will be completed and the contract will be performed 6 days a week. The agreement between CJ Logistics and the agency also includes same-day delivery and a 6-day week system.

CJ Logistics said that the union’s claim was “a problem between the agent and the delivery driver,” but said, “The rule of 60 hours per week takes precedence over the same-day delivery principle, so it does not go against the purpose of preventing overwork.”

However, in the field, the arrival time of the trunk car to the sub-terminal varies greatly depending on the quantity and traffic, and if the same-day delivery is specified, there is a great concern that the delivery driver’s working hours will inevitably increase as they deliver the late arrival to the sub-terminal. There is also an argument that if you do not comply with the contract as specified in the contract, you may be disadvantaged.

It is pointed out that the government’s intervention is necessary as there is friction in the process of implementing the social consensus. Jo-eun Lee, senior secretary of the Solidarity for Participation, said, “It is necessary to transparently disclose how the increased amount is used and what the specific plan is to prevent death from overwork. The government and the National Assembly need to check whether there is,” he ordered.

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