The Broadcast Staff Branch of The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions will be holding a public protest outside the KBS building in Yeouido, Seoul on June 7, denouncing the production company of the upcoming KBS2 series 'Café Minamdang'.
According to the Confederation, several employees who were hired by the production company of 'Café Minamdang' were fired soon after requesting that the company abide by South Korea's Fair Labor Standards Act. According to article 53 of the Fair Labor Standards Act, companies may extend employees' work hours by up to 12 hours a week with mutual agreement. However, when employees on the set of KBS2's 'Café Minamdang' asked the production company to comply with the article, the production company claimed, "Staff members on the set of a drama are not laborers, and so the Fair Labor Standards Act does not apply."
Thus, The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions will be protesting KBS2's 'Café Minamdang' on the basis that its production company "violated the Fair Labor Standards Act" and "pushed forward with the filming and the airing of the drama series knowing that its actions were illegal." KBS2's 'Café Minamdang' is produced jointly by People Story Company and Monster Union.
During the public protest, The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions plans on demanding that the production company(s) abide by the Fair Labor Standards Act for the remainder of filming, and that KBS2 postpones the premiere of 'Café Minamdang' until the issue is resolved.
Meanwhile, 'Café Minamdang' stars Seo In Guk, Oh Yeon Seo, Kwak Si Yang, and more and is a crime-solving mystery/comedy, based off of a popular web novel.