South Korean store chain repaying unpaid employees: reports

Emart24 also facing probe by Ministry of Manpower for unpaid wages

South Korean store chain repaying unpaid employees: reports

Convenience store chain Emart24 has begun repaying some of its former employees who claimed to authorities that they were unpaid, according to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

The ministry and the Tripartite Alliance for Dispute Management (TADM) said the South Korean store chain started repaying five former employees after the TADM helped them reach an agreement with their former employer, Channel News Asia reported.

It comes after the TADM received various claims for unpaid salaries from 15 former employees of the convenience store chain.

"TADM is in the process of scheduling mediation sessions for the remaining workers," MOM said in a statement quoted by the CNA.

Affected employees who require employment assistance have also been referred to the labour union's Employment and Employability Institute, according to the report.

Emart24, meanwhile, is now under investigation for the unpaid salary claims.

MOM and the TADM told employers need to pay staff on time, while they urged employees to head to the TADM's website if they need assistance with salary claims.

The TADM has been set up by MOM, National Trades Union Congress, and Singapore National Employers Federation to help employees and employers manage employment-related disputes.

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