Korean Women Workers Associations (formerly Korean Women Workers Association United) is an organization for women workers, which was established in 1970 for the promotion of political, economic and social status of working women. It has took the lead in solving diverse problems of working women through counseling on sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, payment delays, unstable employment, ma-ternity protection, and occupational diseases, etc.
During the IMF crisis, the associations established headquarters for jobless women in eight areas and engaged in many activities such as job counseling, finding employment, and monitoring government policies to solve women's unemployment problems.
Korea Women Workers Associations Union marked the 20th anniversary this year on March 21st, its foundation day. Turning over a new leaf, it changed its name to 'Korea Women Workers Associ-ation' and redesigned its logo.
President Choi said that "we have made much effort to improve the rights of women workers for the past 20 years. However, we often feel like we've reached our limits. The number of poor women is growing due to the increasing stratification of society." She also noted that "working for temporary women workers is our future task."
"양극화 신음하는 비정규직 여성 돌볼 것"
한국여성노동자회(전 한국여성노동자협의회)는 일하는 여성들의 정치적, 경제적, 사회적 지위 향상을 위해 1987년 설립된 여성노동단체다. 그동안 성차별을 비롯해 직장여성들이 겪는 다양한 사안(성희롱, 임금체불, 고용불안, 모성보호, 직업병 등)들에 대한 노동상담을 통해 사회생활에서 겪는 각종 문제를 풀어나갈 수 있도록 앞장서왔다.
최상림 회장은 "지난 20년 동안 여성노동자 권익 향상을 위해 노력했지만 한계를 많이 느낀다"며 "갈수록 사회가 계급화, 양극화되면서 이로 인해 신음하는 빈곤여성도 늘어나는 게 현실"이라고 말했다.