South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party, the government and the presidential office have agreed to come up with measures to help the country’s so-called essential workers, who’ve had an excessive workload in the pandemic mainly in delivery services and at medical centers.
The government will work on a system to collect data on their incomes so they can ensure all workers in the country have employment insurance.
Lawmakers aim to secure a budget for the programs of about 1.6 billion U.S. dollars for next year and to revise the tax law.
Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki called for systematic measures to prevent deaths from overwork, as in recent cases seen in the logistics industry.
The government said it’ll unveil the specifics by December.

Reporter : jychoi@arirang.com

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