Well, it’s good to see at least finally, the Korean government put a STOP to these unfair celebrities and trainees contract, well ok it’s more like a rolling stop from 100 MPH of pure highway robbery, we getting there.
Anywho to signal the new decade, MCST (Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, have decided to shore up a few things that will start taking in effect in 2020. First on their agenda is to eliminate the sweat shop (52 hour work week) that many trainees are force to work in. That’s it, I’m calling it, 45 hours work week and complaining is definitely a Western First World issue. Man us asians gotta work 7 MORE HOURS, AND YOU COMPLAINING OF BUILDING MORE BUILDING BOB! BUILD FOR GOD SAKE NO YOU DON’T GET BREAKS
Not only that, MCST have decided to limit the trainees contract to at most 3 years. You see before, trainees can be stuck in trainee hell, unable to move to another company because of the contract they sign (which was usually like 5-6 years?). Now that the 3 year limit is strap on, MCST seeks to offer some protection to trainees (like that 52 hour work week) forcing companies to either debuting them quickly or letting them move to another agency.
MCST have also refined some of the mandatory military service rules. NO, BTS FANS they still have to go eventually MCST is just seeking to ease up some rules about it. Usually when males reach 25, they have to enlist in mandatory military service. Now of course there are KPop and even KCelebrities persons over the age of 25 (Jin and Lee Jong Suk comes to mind), usually those guys would ask for a deferrence at 25 to like a later age (under 30) and if they are famous enough they will get it. Now though, celebrities can wait up to 27 before they have to ask their government to give them a deferal. Not only that but the deferal time can be up to 3 years, that’s 2 years up from the current rules.
Now these are small changes, it’s a patch as gamers would say but they are a step in the right direction. I can see though, the 52 hour work week might be abused by agencies without consequences. Like they could always “force” a trainee to put in extra hours, like though it’s not “required” a trainee with 52 hours+ of dancing and “singing” will get special treatment when the agency looks to debut a new group. That will ensure that all trainees still work in the sweat shop and if they complain, the agency can always be like “bro YOU wanted to do this we didn’t REQUIRED hey LOOK WE DEBUTED A 40 HOURS PER WEEK TRAINEES just for show I mean er….”. The military thing can have an effect though on K Boy-groups life because as I see it they can (the BOYS) wait until 30 to start their military service.