Ne­po­tis­tic em­ploy­ment

The Korea Times - - OPINION -

Sus­pi­cions of ne­po­tis­tic em­ploy­ment at pub­lic cor­po­ra­tions have proved to be true in an au­dit by the top ad­min­is­tra­tive watch­dog. Ac­cord­ing to the Board of Au­dit and In­spec­tion (BAI), five sta­teor city-run com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing Seoul Metro, have hired the rel­a­tives of ex­ist­ing em­ploy­ees as ir­reg­u­lar or con­tract work­ers and pro­moted them to reg­u­lar po­si­tions since 2017.

Out of the 3,048 em­ploy­ees whose sta­tus was changed from ir­reg­u­lar to per­ma­nent at the five en­ter­prises, up to 19.1 per­cent, or one in ev­ery five, were the rel­a­tives of ex­ist­ing em­ploy­ees. The other four or­ga­ni­za­tions in­volved are the Korea Land &Hous­ing Corp., In­cheon In­ter­na­tional Air­port Corp., the Hu­man Re­sources Devel­op­ment Ser­vice of Korea and KEPCO KPS.

At Seoul Metro, for ex­am­ple, all of the ex­ist­ing em­ploy­ees’ rel­a­tives who landed jobs at the rec­om­men­da­tion of their fam­ily mem­bers through sim­pli­fied pro­ce­dures, such as in­ter­views, be­came full-time em­ploy­ees later. The BAI re­quested Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon fire the CEO of Seoul Metro and take dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against of­fi­cials re­spon­si­ble for per­son­nel man­age­ment.

The BAI has also de­manded the five pub­lic com­pa­nies dis­ci­pline 72 of­fi­cials. Fur­ther­more, it re­quested the pros­e­cu­tion to in­ves­ti­gate 29 of them.

Korea is now mired in a na­tional con­tro­versy about fair and equal op­por­tu­ni­ties, es­pe­cially in the wake of Pres­i­dent Moon Jaein’s ap­point­ment of Cho Kuk, his trusted — but hyp­o­crit­i­cal aide — as jus­tice min­is­ter. En­ter­ing good schools and land­ing de­cent jobs are the two most sen­si­tive ar­eas of all. The law en­force­ment author­i­ties should pun­ish all vi­o­la­tors as a warn­ing to oth­ers and to break this vi­cious cy­cle.

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