“Hanbit, Yonggyunah, Dongjunah, Taegyu… Now let’s call it off”

After the Major Accidents Penalty Act was passed in the plenary session, the late Kim Young-gyun’s mother, Kim Mi-sook, chairman of the Kim Yong-gyun Foundation and Lee Han-bit’s father, Lee Yong-gwan, chairman of the Hanbit Media Labor Human Rights Center, attended a press conference held in front of the National Assembly in Yeouido, Seoul. The law was created, but it is the beginning, not the end,” he appealed, saying, “Please keep trying to make this law really save people.”
Ⓒ Yoo Seongho

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▲ Late PD Lee Han-bit PD Lee Yong-gwan “Enactment of the Great Disaster Punishment Act, a historical day although it is lacking a lot”
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“Lee Hanbit, Kim Yong-gyun, Kim Dong-jun, Kim Tae-gyu, Kim Dong-gyun, Soo-Hyun, Hwang Yoo-mi, Kim Il-du, Sewol ferry disaster 304 our children, Stella Daisy and humidifier disinfectant victims, Daegu subway disaster victims…”

Lee Yong-gwan, the father of the late PD Lee Han-bit, who had been fasting for 29 days to enact the Severe Accident Corporate Punishment Act, said at a press conference held in front of the Citizen Fasting Agricultural Growth at the main gate of the National Assembly after passing the’Severe Accident Punishment Act (Severe Disaster Act)’ on the evening of the 8th. These are the names I shouted, saying, “Now I’m going to let go of my neck.”

All of the victims named by Mr. Lee are victims of industrial and civil disasters, and Mr. Lee said to them, “I dedicate the severe disaster corporate punishment law to all souls who died from industrial and civil disasters.” After the remark, Mr. Lee collapsed into his seat as if he fell down.

Kim Mi-sook, the mother of the late Kim Yong-gyun, who had been with Lee for 33 days, including fasting on the 29th, said, “It was very difficult for a month” with a tired look. “It was a long, dark and difficult time. I didn’t know how to do this after the year. It was thanks to all of you who fought outside the National Assembly that we were able to withstand until the end,” he said.

But soon he said, “The politicians only promised to make the law, but they didn’t actually move. It was so hard to see the provisions being cut off every time a bill was discussed. I was so angry that the government, which couldn’t stop people from dying, was ruining the bill. “He said, “My heart was very hard.”

Still, Mr. Kim said, “So many people struggled and joined forces to think,’You have made this law,'” he said. “Too many people struggled and struggled. It wasn’t as much as we all worked together, but it still passed the severe disaster law. “We have created an achievement.” Mr. Kim’s face was noticeably blackened after a month of fasting.

Earlier, the National Assembly passed the Major Disaster Penalty Act with 164 votes in favor, 44 objections, and 58 abstentions, with 266 lawmakers present at the plenary session at 5 pm that day.

The legislation passed stipulates that if a worker dies due to an industrial accident or accident, the employer and the manager will be punished with imprisonment for more than one year or a fine of not more than 1 billion won. In addition, it included a content that requires the business owner or corporation that caused the serious disaster to pay up to five times the’punitive damages’. However, workplaces with fewer than five employees, which account for 32% of all accidents in the last three years, were excluded from the penalty. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees also have a three-year grace period before the law is applied.

Bereaved families who said’sorry’… 1571 workers died from January to September last year

  After the severe disaster punishment law was passed through the plenary session, the late Kim Young-gyun's mother, Kim Mi-sook, the chairman of the Kim Yong-gyun Foundation and the late PD Lee Han-bit's father, Lee Yong-gwan, the chairman of the Hanbit Media Labor Rights Center, attended a press conference held at the fasting farming growth in front of the National Assembly in Yeouido, Seoul. Citizens are covering their blankets, worrying about the health of those who have been exhausted from fasting for a long time.
After the severe disaster punishment law was passed through the plenary session, the late Kim Young-gyun’s mother, Kim Mi-sook, the chairman of the Kim Yong-gyun Foundation and the late PD Lee Han-bit’s father, Lee Yong-gwan, the chairman of the Hanbit Media Labor Rights Center, attended a press conference held at the fasting farming growth in front of the National Assembly in Yeouido, Seoul. Citizens are covering their blankets, worrying about the health of those who have been exhausted from fasting for a long time.
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▲ The late Kim Young-gyun’s mother, Kim Mi-sook, “Please try to be a method to save people and punishment for serious disasters.”
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At the press conference held in front of the fasting farming growth at the main gate of the National Assembly on the evening of the 8th, Kim Do-hyun, the elder sister of the late Tae-gyu Kim, who died in a crash at the construction site in Gosaek-dong, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, stood together in April 2019.

Mr. Kim said, “It’s very unfortunate,” he said, “The lower limit of fines has been removed, workplace harassment and client penalties have been eliminated, and causality estimates have also been eliminated. Workers in small businesses were excluded and suspended.” He said, “I am worried that even death will be a law that discriminates against death.”

Tae-gyu, who died on the third day after working, was not given safety shoes, a hard hat, and a seat belt because he was a daily worker. Instead, he wore his old sneakers and a helmet that rolled around in the field, and he was transformed while working without safety training. In the first trial held in June, the construction company was fined 7 million won. Only one year and October in prison were sentenced to the subcontractor’s site manager and deputy manager, respectively.

Kim Seon-yang, the father of the late Kim Jae-soon, who died after being sucked into a machine during an inspection of a shredder while working at a household waste disposal company located in Gwangju in May, said, “I am grieving and regretting that workplaces with fewer than 5 employees were excluded.” The victims of the disaster will fight until the end so that the severe disaster law can be applied to workplaces with fewer than five employees.

That is to say, the workplace where Jae-soon died was not a safety check in the last six years because it was a small business with fewer than 10 employees. Like Jae-soon in 2014, six years ago, a worker in her 60s was caught in a shredder and died, but safety facilities were not installed for reasons of cost reduction. At the time, the only punishment the business owner received was a fine of 8 million won.

On this day, at the press conference site, Yang Kyung-soo, the new chairman of the KCTU, who had been hungry for the past 10 days, also took place.

Chairman Yang said, “The fasting of families affected by industrial accidents has led to this struggle,” he said. “Workers and citizens have joined forces throughout the country through sympathy hunger and various struggles, bringing the fruit of enacting the Act on the Enactment of the Severe Accident Corporate Punishment Act.”

Meanwhile, Chairman Yang said, “In the legislation enacted by the Democratic Party’s deceptive behavior, workplaces with fewer than 5 employees were excluded.” “If a worker dies in a workplace with fewer than 5 employees, it is entirely the responsibility of the Moon Jae-in government. I will be held accountable.” Emphasized.

According to the status of industrial accidents from January to the end of September 2020, released by the Ministry of Employment and Labor in September, the number of industrial accident deaths during the period was surveyed to be 1571. Among them, 23.9%, or 375, died at workplaces with fewer than five workers. 61.5%, or 966, were workers in workplaces with fewer than 50 employees. Previously, it was confirmed that 2020 people died in 2019, 2142 people in 2018, and 1957 people in 2017 due to industrial accidents.

  After the severe disaster punishment law was passed in the plenary session, the late Kim Young-gyun's mother, Kim Mi-sook, chairman of the Kim Yong-gyun Foundation and the late PD Lee Han-bit's father, Lee Yong-gwan, chairman of the Hanbit Media Labor Rights Center, attended a press conference held at the fasting farming growth in front of the National Assembly in Yeouido, Seoul. Citizens embrace them and worry about their health.
After the severe disaster punishment law was passed in the plenary session, the late Kim Young-gyun’s mother, Kim Mi-sook, chairman of the Kim Yong-gyun Foundation and the late PD Lee Han-bit’s father, Lee Yong-gwan, chairman of the Hanbit Media Labor Rights Center, attended a press conference held at the fasting farming growth in front of the National Assembly in Yeouido, Seoul. Citizens embrace them and worry about their health.
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  After the Major Accidents Penalty Act was passed in the plenary session, the late Kim Young-gyun's mother, Kim Mi-sook, chairman of the Kim Yong-gyun Foundation and Lee Han-bit's father, Lee Yong-gwan, chairman of the Hanbit Media Labor Human Rights Center, attended a press conference held in front of the National Assembly in Yeouido, Seoul. The law was created, but it is the beginning, not the end,” he appealed, saying, “Please keep trying to make this law really save people.”
After the Major Accidents Penalty Act was passed in the plenary session, the late Kim Young-gyun’s mother, Kim Mi-sook, chairman of the Kim Yong-gyun Foundation and Lee Han-bit’s father, Lee Yong-gwan, chairman of the Hanbit Media Labor Human Rights Center, attended a press conference held in front of the National Assembly in Yeouido, Seoul. The law was created, but it is the beginning, not the end,” he appealed, saying, “Please keep trying to make this law really save people.”
Ⓒ Yoo Seongho

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