USFK's Korean workers getting 3.8% raise

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A pair of South Korean workers clears a snow-covered sidewalk at Osan Air Base, South Korea, on Dec. 11, 2013. (Armando R. Limon/Stars and Stripes)
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A pair of South Korean workers clears a snow-covered sidewalk at Osan Air Base, South Korea, on Dec. 11, 2013. (Armando R. Limon/Stars and Stripes)

USFK's Korean workers getting 3.8% raise

by: Ashley Rowland | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: June 20, 2015

SEOUL, South Korea — Thousands of South Korean civilians who work for the U.S. military will soon receive a pay raise.

U.S. Forces Korea announced the 3.8 percent increase, which goes into effect July 1.

“I would like to thank you for your continued dedication to the defense of this great nation — the Republic of Korea. You are an integral part of the Alliance team, so thank you for your hard work and professionalism,” Maj. Gen. Mark Dillon, deputy chief of staff, said in a letter sent to workers Wednesday.

The salary bump comes about a year after South Korean employees were given a 1.7 percent raise after threatening a union strike over complaints ranging from shortened work hours to frozen wages. The May 2014 raise, which USFK said was the maximum allowed by law, followed a three-year wage freeze.

USFK said this week that wages for its Korean employees “are based about prevailing wage rates and compensation practices in Korean whenever possible … this increase matches the increase given to Korean government employees earlier in 2015.”

South Korea’s Yonhap News reported Friday that the government asked the U.S. in April to increase salaries to match those of civil service workers.

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