North Koreans are often mobilized for extensive labor.
The most prominent sign behind the banners of “Long live Kim Il Sung” and “Glorious Party” is the signboard of the “Battlefield”. At factories, offices, rice fields, and construction sites, people are “fighting” rather than working. In the mid-eighties, the entire economy was divided into five fronts, including Shuncheon and Anzhou. When I visited Chongjin Thermal Power Station in the capital of Hamgyongpuk-do, I heard that the transportation, communications, power generation and mining industries were in a wartime regime. There are platoons and companies in the mines instead of teams. Workers in the country are forced to participate in a variety of thought-provoking campaigns, such as the “200-Day Battle”, the “Speed Fight”, and the “Eighties Speed” movement. Mostly without financial grounds, it was planned for Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il’s birthday or anniversary. (Alexander Zhebin, The Kim Dynasty I See)
What happens if they leave the workplace in North Korea?
If workers in factories and firms are absent from work for no reason, wages and food supplies are deducted, and economic disadvantage is given. Even if you receive inpatient treatment at a hospital, you will not be provided with wages and food unless you attach a medical certificate. In factories, corporate offices, and government agencies, visit homes to check if there are people who do not go to work for no apparent reason. (Yun Dae-il, North Korean National Security Agency)
It is believed that once a political prison camp has been entered, it cannot be left again, but it is not. What kind of work does the source have? An-hyuk, who came from the office of No. 15, testified as follows:
Returning to Gweil, I offered myself a desire to enter and exit the food policy office, a person who works on loading and unloading rice bales.
The car industry at the Food Policy Office was a job everyone hated. However, this was the only job I could have. The work of the food policy establishment started at 6am and ended at 7pm. I had no time to rest, except for a short break during lunch time. All day, he puts heavy rice bales on his waist and transfers them, but soon the electricity is cut off and the conveyor belts do not turn, and humans have to do the job. After a few hours, the white dust accumulates on the top of your head, your nose, and even your eyelashes. The people who worked there all hurt their throats. (Kang Cheol-Hwan, An-hyuk “Escape from North Korea”)