To critical remarks of the Korea Employers Federation in opposition to the government's drive to switch temporary workers into full-time regular positions, President Moon Jae-in responded angrily, saying on May 26, "The federation is one of the culprits that made this society highly polarized and must be remorseful of what they did before criticizing the government's effort to correct the past wrong."
Earlier, Park Gwang-on, spokesperson for the Special Advisory Committee for State Affairs, also criticized the employers federation in strong terms. He said, "The statement of the Korea Employers Federation in response to the government's move to encourage firms to give full-time jobs to temporary workers is irresponsible and selfish. I am worried that the employers are seriously mistaken about the new government's intentions in job security policy."
Kim Jin-pyo, Chairman of the Special Advisory Committee for State Affairs, concurred by answering to a question by a reporter whether the employers may feel pressure from the spokesperson's remarks, "They should feel pressure when they should."
On the previous day, Korea Employers Federation vice chairman Kim Young-bae said, "If the government keeps pushing for converting temp jobs into permanent ones in uniform manners like now, there will be more management-labor disputes. This is not in line with the government's policy stance that takes job creation as the No. 1 priority."
Park Soo-hyun, Presidential spokesperson, explained, "The reason the president was not happy with the Korea Employers Federation's statement was not because they criticized him but because the organization misunderstood him. His intention was for the public sector to set the tone and make this practice to be adopted widely in the private sector. There was no force involved whatsoever for the private sector to adopt the job security measure."