The school has decided to provide a new office for workers of the ECC parking administration office after several negotiations between the workers and Office of General Administration. The issue had been discussed over for months, yet the measure came in late due to efforts of meeting both ends.
Though the issue was being handled by the school, more attention among students was drawn due to the Workers’ Solidarity, which mainly publishes articles on laborers’ rights and issues. Last year on March 5, the Workers’ Solidarity published an article on the poor environment of the ECC parking administration office workers and their voices. After numerous meetings, the Office of General Administration has decided to provide a new office to the workers of the ECC parking administration office.
The ECC parking administration office is currently located at ECC B506. As it is placed at an underground parking lot next to countless vehicles, the office workers have suffered from bad air conditions that influenced their immune systems, catching colds and even developing rhinitis. Although the school provided them with air purifiers, it had limitations on improving the air condition hence the workers’ constant demand to move the office to ground-level.
The school was accused by Ewha Daily and Workers’ Solidarity for not providing a safe alternative location for the workers. The workers were initially given the choice of moving to the so-called “bunker,” which was “almost like an abandoned garage,” according to the Workers’ Solidarity.
However, regarding the condemnations, the Office of General Administration said that these were hasty remarks.
“The article did raise attention to Ewha students but the Office of General Administration had been already aware of the problem the ECC parking administration office workers were tackling,” said Son Yu-jong of the General Affairs team.
“Also, the ‘bunker’ was proposed to the workers while a renovation was definitely promised to the workers too,” Son added. “Even before students wrote articles and put hand-written posters on this issue, the school had been meeting the workers and trying to balance out everyone’s demand.”
When asked why the decision was only recently solved through all these months, Son answered, “Some of the spaces that were presented to the workers were not all the Office of General Administration’s property or field, so contacting all the related teams and departments delayed the process.”
As a result, the Office of General Administration and the ECC parking administration office workers have decided to share the office of the school’s post office, located in the Human Ecology Building.
“The decision regarding the relocation has been sealed, but there are more to go through before the actual construction is done,” Son said. “The school is currently putting effort to meet the ends of all related issues.”