‘Korean Air forced staff to work while on leave’

19-Jun-2021 Intellasia | KoreaTimes | 5:02 AM Print This Post

Korean Air is under fire for allegedly forcing staff to work while on leave as allegations surfaced that some management officials at the carrier have been assigning tasks to employees who are on rotational leave.

The country’s leading carrier has been receiving employment subsidies from the government that provide partial salaries for workers on leave after the airline industry was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The subsidies stipulate that any staff on leave are banned from work-related activities, including entering the workplace or logging on to the intranet. But despite these rules, tasks were assigned to the workers on leave

If Korean Air is found have violated the rules, it could be ordered to pay back up to five times the subsidies it received.

The allegations were first made in an online community called Blind, which has become an outlet for Korean workers to exchange gossip and blow the whistle on abuse.

“The tasks that are being assigned could be done after my rotational leave was over, but continuous calls are coming in to complete the task. I have been receiving tasks for the past few months” a Korean Air employee wrote on Blind.

There have been several comments on the posts claiming that workers at other departments, also on leave, are “working extensively.”

Another person wrote, “There are still too many superiors who want us to work during leave, weekends and even after work hours.”

More than half of the company’s employees are on rotational leave as most planes have been grounded due to the pandemic.

“It depends on the department, but all employees are on rotational leave. When the COVID-19 impact was at its peak, around 70 percent of employees were placed on leave at once, but now it stands at around 60 percent,” a Korean Air official said.

Korean Air denied the allegations.

“Korean Air assigns a replacement to prevent passing on tasks to employees on leave,” Korean Air said. “We have not assigned tasks to employees on leave and the allegations are false.”



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