Back in late March, the Euljiro Committee, a group that mediates industrial disputes and works to protect workers' rights, visited the Bucheon city government, asking it to reexamine the land purchase contract with Shinsegae.
Instead of making reexamination, the city government pushed to finalize the contract. In contrast, however, it was not easy for Shinsegae to ignore the committee's request, particularly given that the status of the committee would likely to be greatly upgraded under the new administration.
The Euljiro Committee was founded in May 2013 by the now-ruling Minjoo Party with the goal of protecting subcontractors from contractors’ abuse of power. The role of this committee is expected to be expanded further during the new administration. The Minjoo Party's top priority in its drive to promote economic democratization is the upgrading of the status of this committee.
The Minjoo Party promised that it would develop the committee into a government-wide unit which would encompass a variety of government agencies, including the Prosecutors' Office, the National Police Agency, and the National Tax Service.
Once the committee is upgraded into a presidential committee, its role and power would likely to greatly expand.
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