Self-employed and small business owners held a rally on the 22nd… “Compensation for loss and support for damage first”


Officials of the Solidarity for Participation in Participation hold signboards at the press conference held at the Solidarity for Participation in Jongno-gu, Seoul on the morning of the 20th at the ‘Corona 19 business hours limit, compensation for loss of the self-employed and urging for damage support’. yunhap news

Although the government announced measures to support small businesses worth 4.3 trillion won on the 17th, self-employed groups are protesting, sticking to their position that they will force large-scale gatherings and group closures. They are demanding the realization of loss compensation and support for the amount of damage. Oh Ho-seok, chairman of the ‘Corona Victims of Self-Employment Coalition’, said in a phone call with the Hankyoreh on the 20th, “Unless the government provides 100% retroactive compensation for COVID-19 losses, we cannot compromise with the government.” The Federation of 6 self-employed organizations, including the Korea Food Service Industry Association, decided on the 20th and plans to enter into a collective closure in early January next year by collecting opinions from each group by the 23rd. The General Coalition said on the 27th and 28th that it will protest the government’s quarantine measures by ‘group lights out’, in which stores belonging to the General Coalition will voluntarily turn off signboards from 5 pm to 9 pm. On the 22nd, a large-scale rally of self-employed people is expected to proceed as scheduled at Gwanghwamun, Seoul. Cho Ji-hyeon, co-chairman of the Self-Employed Non-Self-Employed Team, said, “Regardless of the industry, even the self-employed who are excluded from the government’s loss compensation are expected to participate in this rally.” Despite the government’s announcement of ‘significantly strengthening support for damage to small business owners’, self-employed and small business owners criticize the government’s measures for being far from reality. The government announced measures such as compensation for damage caused by the limit of the number of facilities subject to loss compensation, expanding the lower limit for loss compensation to 500,000 won, and establishing a quarantine subsidy of 1 million won each for 3.2 million small businesses. At the press conference of ‘Corona 19 business hours restrictions, loss compensation and damage support come first’ held at the Solidarity for Participation in Jongno-gu, Seoul on the same day, Yang Chang-young, head of the Fair Economy Division at the People’s Livelihood Hope Headquarters at the Solidarity for Participation, said, “We will apply loss compensation retroactively to damage that occurred before July. Other companies whose bans on private gatherings have an impact on sales decline should be included in the loss compensation.” He added, “The 1 million won quarantine support has the advantage of providing quick damage support, but it is far below the scale of the damage, so more support should be provided.” By Park Ji-young, staff reporter [email protected]

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