중앙데일리

The abuse of power

현대판 음서제,고위층 자녀 취업 특혜 없어져야

Aug 19,2015
Rep. Yoon Hu-duk of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) is suspected of using his influence to help his daughter land a job at a large company in 2013. Yoon called the head of LG Display, which has a manufacturing base in Paju, the district he represents, to say his daughter applied for the company’s open position. LG Display had posted that it was looking for someone with experience in fair trade litigation, which made Yoon’s daughter ineligible because she’d graduated from law school just a year earlier.

Yoon’s daughter got the job, despite her lack of qualifications. The Seoul Bar Association is demanding the National Assembly’s Ethics Committee penalize Yoon.

Lawmakers often use their influence to find jobs for their children or relatives. A Saenuri Party lawmaker came under fire after his newly graduated son was hired by the Korean Government Legal Service for a position that demanded someone with experience. The Saenuri lawmaker and the head of the organization were close. When his son applied, the recruitment requirements suddenly changed from a lawyer with more than five years of experience to a graduate of the state-run Judicial Research and Training Institute or a law school.

Other lawyers are also demanding a probe into the Board of Audit and Inspection (BAI) on its recruitment of three children of former BAI executives and lawmakers. Moon Hee-sang of the NPAD was also investigated for helping his brother-in-law get a job at an affiliate of Hanjin Group.

The youth unemployment rate hovers at 10 percent. Many young people live everyday in frustration and desperation. They have given up hopes of raising a family, having a relationship or finding a home. Job scarcity also has affected people with professional licenses such as lawyers. A court recently ruled that scores of the bar exam must be revealed as to increase transparency in the recruitment of judges and prosecutors.

Job seekers at least want to know why they didn’t get the job. Favoritism for the offspring of people in high places only adds to their grief. If it is not rooted out, young people’s disgruntlement could turn into rage. Lawmakers grill each other about abuses of power during confirmation hearings with each other. But before they criticize anyone, lawmakers should clean themselves up first.

JoongAng Ilbo, Aug. 18, Page 34





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