Participation, Cooperation Indispensable
``New labor-management culture'' means preparing for the upcoming 21st century, the age of a knowledge-based information society which is establishing a new labor-management community that nurtures the values of the future by realizing participation and cooperation based on trust, respect and modernization of old thoughts, practices and systems.
The new culture is designed to lay the foundation to boost national competitiveness and improve quality of life by providing a larger slice of the pie to every individual.
To achieve these ends, the government is committed to building up``labor infrastructure'' that promotes cooperation between labor and management.
It is urgently needed for workers to create a high performance work system through a labor movement based on workers' participation and commitment.
At the same time, employers must not only build an information-sharing system but also increase transparency in management.
For the development of the new labor-management culture, the government introduced a policy slogan ``CREATE 21,'' which stands for Cooperation, Responsibility, Esteem, Autonomy, Trust and Engagement.
The policy is aimed at establishing future-oriented, labor-management relations to create values.
Until last August, the government has taken the first step toward implementing CREATE 21. The government is developing the theory and the model for a new labor-management culture.
The next step will be focused on encouraging both workers and employers to actively participate in establishing the new labor-management culture.
The administration plans to adopt a labor-management agreement, announce a resolution for harmonious labor relations and apply a model for partnership relations between workers and employers.
For the smooth implementation of the new labor culture, such events as ``Talks with the people'' and ``Tripartite resolution rallies'' between labor, management and government will be held.
Also based on the ``21st Century Labor Charter'' and the Tripartite Labor Commission's ``Code of Conduct,'' a movement will be pushed to promote modernization of old thoughts on a nationwide scale.
The third step of developing the new labor culture will be taken to develop the new labor culture.
Support will be given to realize open management, human respect and practical management.
The government will pursue open management by inducing the management-level to open up management information and encourage the management to expand welfare system.
Furthermore, in order to provide support for human resource development for both labor and management, the government will provide assistance for the establishment of the performance-based work system.
For instance, the government is strongly recommending that employers adopt a performance-based merit system, in which workers creating high added-values and leading innovative changes will be rewarded.
The government for its part will make every effort to foster a new knowledge-based labor pool and create a knowledge-based environment.
It also pledged to provide active consultations for labor-management cooperation as well as grant administrative and financial assistance to companies which develop better relations with workers.
In order for the new labor culture to take its place in worksites, efforts will be required from labor, management and the government. Public interest and care will also be required to speed up the realization of the new culture.
The Korea Employers Federation (KEF) held a board of executives meeting on Oct. 29 with Labor Minister Lee Sang-ryong attending. It declared its active participation in government-initiated efforts to create a new labor-management culture.
During the meeting, the KEF worked out concrete measures to stimulate workers' voluntary participation in raising labor productivity. …