[Statement, 4th September 2003, KCTU]

Statement of KCTU Concerning the Government's "Roadmap for Industrial Relations Reform"


1. The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) strongly warns that the "Roadmap for Industrial Relations Reform (hereafter, Roadmap)" of the Korean government announced on 4th September is nothing other than a roadmap that seeks to advance counteraction rights of employers while ignoring the core problems needed for reformation of industrial relations, one that will deteriorate industrial relations and aggravate industrial conflicts.
The KCTU cannot help but be concerned that unless the government makes an effort to revive the fallen confidence in its labour policies, goes back to the first intentions it had when it came into power, makes proposals that will achieve the balance of industrial power, the relationships between workers and the government and that with the employers can only be pushed into severe direct confrontation.

2. After making an overall assessment of the contents of the "Roadmap", we cannot but be appalled. Saying that it is an advancement of industrial relations when in fact it is a medicine for businesses, poison for workers is same as proclaiming that the Roh Moo-Hyun government is giving up prospects of any reform in labour policy. It is nothing other than a proclamation that it will return to the pro-business policies that are even worse than those of previous regimes.

Firstly, the Roadmap is filled with contents that make dismissals easier, strikes more difficult, while greatly strengthening counteraction rights of employers in order to weaken trade unions.

The clauses of the so-called "counteraction rights of employers" of the Roadmap will:

Make dismissals easier by:
Total 99
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18 Briefing document for TUAC to OECD/Fundamental Labour Rights in KOREA after Suspension of Special Monitoring Process [10] KCTU 2010.05.13 212964
17 [KCTU Monthly Newsletter-2010 March] 2010 Directives of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions [13] KCTU 2010.03.30 223282
16 Why We Oppose the KORUS FTA - KCTU Position Paper on KORUS FTA [23] KCTU 2011.02.08 227528
15 International Seminar on the Status of Full-time Trade Union Officials and Global Standards [23] KCTU 2009.12.09 229185
14 [Issue Briefing]Criticism of the Revised Law relating to Union Pluralism and the Status of Full-time Union Officials [36] KCTU 2010.01.19 235577
13 Current Situation of labor issues in Korea [13] KCTU 2009.12.23 242984
12 ILO CFA 355th Report [16] KCTU 2009.12.08 243708
11 The Current Situation of Labor Rights in South Korea [14] KCTU 2009.11.03 248005
10 [KCTU Int'l Symposium] KCTU Responses to Economic Crisis [16] admin 2009.07.09 251491
9 [KCTU Int'l Symposium] Australia's Responses to Economic Crisis [10] admin 2009.07.09 251921
8 KCTU Ploicy Paper on Discrimination against Women Workers [24] admin 2009.07.08 258739
7 [KCTU Int'l Symposium] COSATU Responses to Economic Crisis update [36] admin 2009.07.09 259023
6 KCTU Monthly News - June update [705] KCTU 2004.07.20 259772
5 [ARTUSC] Globalisation and Militarisation update [17] KCTU 2004.03.17 322003
4 KCTU Brief on Labour Rights Situation in South Korea [12] admin 2009.06.09 432518
3 [KCTU Int'l Symposium] CUT Responses to Economic Crisis [15] admin 2009.07.09 444389
2 KCTU Flyer for ILC and OECD Forums 2009 [12] admin 2009.07.09 463026
1 [KCTU Int'l Symposium] CGIL Responses to Economic Crisis [10] admin 2009.07.09 626586
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