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  • sleepy
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May 1st National Holiday for contract workers
« on: April 16, 2020, 12:13:15 pm »
Remember it's your 'right' to have this day off.

You may wish to let it slide this year, however.......


  • alexisalex
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Re: May 1st National Holiday for contract workers
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2020, 12:22:25 pm »
Had to come into school every day while my coworkers all got to work from home for a few weeks.  I'm definitely not coming in May 1st  :laugh:


  • Colburnnn
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Re: May 1st National Holiday for contract workers
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2020, 12:26:01 pm »
Yeah, what Alex said. Desk warming and not being allowed to work from home during a pandemic?

Enjoy school, Korean Teachers!  ;D
« Last Edit: April 16, 2020, 12:29:31 pm by Colburnnn »
75% of foreigners regularly hang out in Itaewon. Only about 0.001% of Koreans do.


Re: May 1st National Holiday for contract workers
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2020, 12:37:02 pm »
My school has put this as a school holiday aka we have to use this as a vacation day. Are we suppose to get this off for free?


Re: May 1st National Holiday for contract workers
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2020, 12:38:51 pm »
My school has put this as a school holiday aka we have to use this as a vacation day. Are we suppose to get this off for free?

It's usually a contracted day off.....should be paid 1.5 times if you work it


  • Kayos
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Re: May 1st National Holiday for contract workers
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2020, 12:58:17 pm »
My school has put this as a school holiday aka we have to use this as a vacation day. Are we suppose to get this off for free?

Yeah, def don't use a vacation day for it.
It's in our contracts, and the law, that we can get it off.


  • Mandrake
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Re: May 1st National Holiday for contract workers
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2020, 01:03:58 pm »
extra long weekend imnida! (April 30th is also a holiday)


  • Colburnnn
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Re: May 1st National Holiday for contract workers
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2020, 01:21:57 pm »
So is Tuesday 5th May. Originally, my school had 6 days off but Monday 4th May got put back to a school day, can't travel anywhere anyway so meh.

Also, yeah do not use a vacation day for it. It is part of the contract, just like having less vacation than Korean teachers and desk warming.
« Last Edit: April 16, 2020, 01:29:24 pm by Colburnnn »
75% of foreigners regularly hang out in Itaewon. Only about 0.001% of Koreans do.


Re: May 1st National Holiday for contract workers
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2020, 01:32:15 pm »
So is Tuesday 5th May. Originally, my school had 6 days off but Monday 4th May got put back to a school day, can't travel anywhere anyway so meh.

Also, yeah do not use a vacation day for it. It is part of the contract, just like having less vacation than Korean teachers and desk warming.


Thanks, I just looked it up in my contract and found it.


  • VanIslander
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Re: May 1st National Holiday for contract workers
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2020, 02:11:25 pm »
I have never had a union job, so I have never been given May 1st off. Not in a quarter century of work.

But since that is my birthday, I have booked it off plenty of times! :)


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Re: May 1st National Holiday for contract workers
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2020, 02:23:20 pm »
Happy 51st birthday! 생일축하합니다!


  • sleepy
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Re: May 1st National Holiday for contract workers
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2020, 02:45:20 pm »
My school has put this as a school holiday aka we have to use this as a vacation day. Are we suppose to get this off for free?

As others have said, it's a holiday for contract teachers. If you work, you should be paid 1.5 of your regular wage.

EPIK teachers complaining about this, if their school treats them unfairly may be the 'straw that breaks the camels back' for the EPIK program.


  • kyndo
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Re: May 1st National Holiday for contract workers
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2020, 08:44:07 am »
What norastelladora is saying is that because May 1st is a discretionary holiday for her school, the school may attempt to have her use one of the 3 discretionary holiday vacation days that are part of the overall 26 vacation days we have been given in our contracts.
   
   Luckily, she doesn't have to: since it is essentially a red day for NETs, we get it off without having to use one of our vacation days.
  Norastelladora, make sure that you check NEIS to verify that they haven't logged it as a discretionary vacation day for you!


Of course, as somebody else said, this may not be the best year to be a stickler about vacation days...


  • Colburnnn
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Re: May 1st National Holiday for contract workers
« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2020, 09:36:25 am »
This is indeed the year to be a stickler about vacation days.
 
It was not the year to be a stickler about desk warming and unnecessary travel, but those in charge deemed it so. Can't have one without the other.
75% of foreigners regularly hang out in Itaewon. Only about 0.001% of Koreans do.


Re: May 1st National Holiday for contract workers
« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2020, 10:16:03 am »
I've always volunteered to work this for either the 1.5x pay or a day off in summer / winter vacation when I would actually enjoy it.

Every year they've insisted I take the May 1st off.


  • kyndo
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Re: May 1st National Holiday for contract workers
« Reply #15 on: April 17, 2020, 11:00:41 am »
This is indeed the year to be a stickler about vacation days.
 It was not the year to be a stickler about desk warming and unnecessary travel, but those in charge deemed it so. Can't have one without the other.
I think it really depends on  what one was expected to do during the lockdown.

    Most NETs in my area were not expected to go to work for most of February and March. That being the case, I'm not too unwilling to let one or two vacation days go. (My area was one of the 2 ground zeros for Covid infections in Korea.)

On the other hand, if you were required to come in every day, then I  could understand being less willing to let vacation days slide.

What's good for the gander and all that.


  • Colburnnn
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Re: May 1st National Holiday for contract workers
« Reply #16 on: April 17, 2020, 11:45:32 am »
In my area, people were made to come to school and desk warm, we had only one week of working from home (where we had to write reports and show evidence of our work) (also not allowed to galivant around on hikes during working hours), then that was cut short by the MOE as we had to 'prepare for online teaching'.

There is no way on Earth I am working on any red days, May 1st and will take all remaining 12 days of my vacation days.

I may have given some up, if the MOE were not so adamant on forcing native teachers to risk COVID infections, but alas, they made the choice to do so.
75% of foreigners regularly hang out in Itaewon. Only about 0.001% of Koreans do.


  • kyndo
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Re: May 1st National Holiday for contract workers
« Reply #17 on: April 17, 2020, 11:47:49 am »
Yeah. Perfectly understandable, then.


  • hangook77
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Re: May 1st National Holiday for contract workers
« Reply #18 on: April 21, 2020, 09:05:51 am »
May 1st is a holiday for all contract workers in Korea both foreign and Korean.  It's the law.  Any school not understanding the law can contact the POE and also the labor board.  Anyone makes you work is violating the law.  I am not sure what the flip side is if you work?  Get paid extra?  They don't really have a time and half culture here so far as I know.  But you'd prob still have to get paid for the day, plus paid for working? 


  • OnNut81
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Re: May 1st National Holiday for contract workers
« Reply #19 on: April 21, 2020, 12:01:59 pm »
I, also, was given a good deal by my school and was given two weeks of stay at home time without using vacation days or having to fill out work at home logs.  So, I would've let this slide but was just approached about this and asked what needs to be entered on NEIS.  In my fifth year at this school and each year the co-teacher responsible for these details is changed.  Anyone know how May 1st is entered into NEIS so I can let her know?