Posted by Susan-Han Monday, June 6, 2022

The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions is protesting new KBS2 drama 'Café Minamdang' after employees were fired for requesting fair work hours


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. 

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mjfan4life181,773 pts Monday, June 6, 2022 1
Monday, June 6, 2022

As much as I love anything with Seo In Guk, that fucked up the staff was fired for asking for the bare minimum. So, staff literally just want to be paid for there I'm sure time-consuming and maybe even exhausting work, which is labor!!! Don't these asshole know this will do more damage than good. Especially to the drama that hasn't even aired yet smh.

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T_Jazz11,614 pts Tuesday, June 7, 2022 0
Tuesday, June 7, 2022

It's important to know which production company is the predator, People Story Company or Monster Union. Although it's a "joint production," every other reference in this article is singular. For now and future reference, it would be helpful to know which to avoid.

Seo In Guk is an actor among many many highly recognized faces within People Story Company's stable. I can only hope the company doesn't mistreat their artists.

On the other hand, Monster Union is a subsidiary of the broadcasting network, KBS. This is not a good look for them either.

Someone needs to be publicly fired.

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