JOINT STATEMENT  ON CANADA KOREA TRADE NEGOTIATIONS

On the eve of the 12th round of negotiations between Canada and Korea for a trade deal, the Canadian Labour Congress and Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, representing over four million workers in both countries, call on our respective governments to immediately halt these trade talks.

This deal is wrong for workers in both countries.  It puts corporate profits ahead of the needs and interests of working people in both Canada and Korea.  It will damage Canada's manufacturing sector, which is already in crisis because of shifting global production and the soaring dollar.  Canada has lost more than 300,000 manufacturing jobs since 2002.  These have not been off-set by comparable new jobs, paying decent wages and benefits.  The Korean manufacturing sector will also be adversely affected. The trend towards irregular and precarious employment (already at 54% of the labour force) will only intensify as a result of such a trade deal.

In light of the serious manufacturing crisis, the devastating deterioration of Canada's automotive trade balance, as well as the serious risks facing the Korean agricultural sector posed by this agreement, we call on our respective governments to halt trade negotiations.  A process of real consultation with citizens must take place - one that will lead to an economic development strategy that will build our societies, rather than pit worker against worker.

By following the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) model,  the governments of both countries plan to entrench corporate rights at the expense of workers
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No. Subject Name Regdate Hits
99 KCTU Representative's Speech at Founding Congress of ITUC [7] KCTU 2006.11.09 157044
98 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - March, 2007 [6] KCTU 2007.04.13 157381
97 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - April, 2007 [6] KCTU 2007.05.09 157891
96 US Congress Letter on Labour Rights Situation in South Korea, March 2007 [7] KCTU 2007.04.13 158372
95 Documents of Workshop on the Current Developments Regarding Industrial Relations in South Korea [6] KCTU 2007.05.09 159315
94 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - June, 2007 [7] KCTU 2007.07.09 160032
93 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - July, 2007 [7] KCTU 2007.08.10 160883
92 No FTA Newsletter : Official News of the Korean Alliance Against the Korea-U.S. FTA [7] KCTU 2007.06.29 160961
91 Joint Statement on Daewoo International's Suspicious Illegal Exports of Defense Indutry Materials [6] KCTU 2006.09.29 161394
90 Summary Paper on the 'Roadmap' for the advancement of industrial relations [6] KCTU 2006.10.09 161940
89 Why We Are Here : Voice of the Korean People on the Korea-Us FTA [7] KCTU 2006.06.13 162654
88 Report of Trade Union Repression in South Korea [6] KCTU 2006.11.13 162660
87 Brief on Labor Rights in South Korea - Feb. 2009 [9] KCTU 2009.03.05 162695
86 NGO Report : Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in South Korea [8] KCTU 2009.02.16 163642
85 Written Statement for Human Rights Council on Migrant Workers Rights in South Korea [8] KCTU 2008.08.02 164998
84 Petition to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea on Burma Shwe Gas Project [7] KCTU 2008.08.02 165147
83 KCTU Organizing Strategy of Migrant Workers in South Korea [9] KCTU 2008.11.12 165170
82 KCTU International Conference for Migrant Workers Rights [7] KCTU 2007.11.01 165172
81 KCTU Presentation Paper in the April Joint Action Week against the EU FTAs [6] KCTU 2008.04.14 165198
80 KCTU-MTU Presentation Paper for the Side Event on Rising Repression against the Migrant Workers [9] KCTU 2008.08.02 165212
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