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Homeplus offers jobs to contract workers

Discount chain Homeplus announced Thursday that it will convert part-time employees with at least 12 years of experience to permanent employees.

The discount chain said Thursday that any employee that has worked for the company for more than 12 years would be eligible to convert to a full-time position if they wish to.

“The company agreed to shift contract workers to regular employees in order to be at the forefront of the government’s attempt to get rid of contract workers in the current difficult business environment,” said Lim Il-soon, CEO of Homeplus.

“The company will try to provide a stable working environment for employees in the future and offer satisfying services and products to consumers,” she added.

According to Homeplus, 98.6 percent of contract workers who are qualified to switch to a full-time position are female with an average age of 53. The company gave employees the option of converting to full-time employees, rather than making it compulsory, as there may be people who cannot work for the entire day.

The change will be implemented in July. Those who are transferred to regular positions will have the same payment and working conditions as existing full-time employees as well as welfare benefits.

Homeplus expects some 20 percent of its current contract workers to become regular employees in July.

Meanwhile, the discount chain and its labor union held a wage agreement signing ceremony on Thursday. The two sides agreed on a wage increase without conflict for the second consecutive year.

BY JIN EUN-SOO [jin.eunsoo@joongang.co.kr]
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