Pyongyang, June 24 (KCNA) — Sixty years have passed since the “Labor Law for the Workers and Office Employees in North Korea” was established and promulgated on June 24, Juche 35 (1946).
The labor law has served as most democratic enactment that defends the interests of the Korean people and provides them with independent and creative working life.
It institutes introduction of an eight-hour day for factory and office workers, rights to enough rest, labor protection system, a compulsory social insurance scheme, a new position of labor and so on.
It, the first of its kind in the Korean history, was created by President Kim Il Sung, who had devoted his all to creation of a genuine working life for the Korean people from his early years of revolutionary activities.
He, during the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle, established the people’s revolutionary government at the guerrilla zone on the shore of the River Tuman to put into effect democratic policies, giving a creative working life condition to the people there.
Basing himself on this, he issued a famous work “Ten-Point Programme of the Association for the Restoration of the Fatherland” in May 1936 in which a revolutionary labor program was expounded.
He, who gained a revolutionary labor program and experience of solving the issue of working life during the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle, clarified the working life of the Korean people in the liberated fatherland through the famous work “Twenty-Point Platform” issued in March 1946. And in June that year he promulgated the labor law to legally ensure the democratic working life.
Thanks to the meticulous care of the President, all labor protection measures were taken, social insurance and social security systems put into force and recreation and rest homes built in different parts of the country at state expense under the difficult conditions of building a new country.
In April 1978, “The Socialist Labour Law of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea” was instituted and promulgated to suit the requirement of the developing reality, thus firmly ensuring the working life of the Korean people by law.
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