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November 30


Rt. Hon. J W Howard MHR
Prime Minister
Parliament House
Canberra
ACT 2600
AUSTRALIA

Hand delivered to Australian Embassy in South Korea

Dear Mr Howard

On behalf of the more than 800,000 members of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions in South Korea, we are writing to express our deep concerns about the direction your government is taking regarding fundamental labour rights in Australia.

Internationally, Australia has always been viewed as a country that earnestly upholds labour laws in accordance to international standards and where workers were respected. Many of our affiliates such as the Korean Metal Workers Federation, Korean Government Employees Union, and the Korean Federation of Construction Industry Trade Unions have had bilateral relations with their Australian counterparts for a number of years. Through these exchanges, South Korean workers began to cite Australia as one country, where workers were ensure basic labour rights, something that South Korean workers have been struggling for a number of years. However, it is clear that this is no longer the case.

Exactly one year ago, your administration introduced repressive new labour laws that are a threat to the livelihood of Australian workers and reduces the fundamental labour rights of Australian workers. Despite overwhelming opposition form the trade union movement, inter-faith organizations, and civil society groups, your government chose to introduce laws that would basically represent the most serious breach of labour standards anywhere in the industrialised world.

It is our understanding that provisions in the new laws make it more and more difficult for Australian workers to maintain their wages and working conditions, rights which they have fought so hard for many years. The new laws would give primacy to individual contracts in the form of
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No. Subject Name Regdate Hits
59 Bro. Jo Jun-Ho's Speech at the 95th ILC, June 2006 [5] KCTU 2006.06.13 167543
58 KCTU Policy Paper on the KORUS FTA [10] KCTU 2006.08.02 162239
57 KCTU Flyer for the ILO Conference, June 2006 [6] KCTU 2006.08.05 161904
56 ICFTU/TUAC/GUFs Mission Report on the Labour Rights Situation in Korea [5] KCTU 2006.09.22 161977
55 Joint Statement on Daewoo International's Suspicious Illegal Exports of Defense Indutry Materials [5] KCTU 2006.09.29 157978
54 Summary Paper on the 'Roadmap' for the advancement of industrial relations [5] KCTU 2006.10.09 158580
53 KCTU Report to the UN Human Rights Committee [6] KCTU 2006.10.23 162162
52 STATEMENT FROM WORKERS [6] KCTU 2006.10.24 161904
51 KCTU Representative's Speech at Founding Congress of ITUC [5] KCTU 2006.11.09 153706
50 Report of Trade Union Repression in South Korea [6] KCTU 2006.11.13 159097
49 Protest Letter to Arroyo, Filipino Government on Nov 16 [6] KCTU 2006.11.30 164560
» Protest Letter to J.W. Howard, Australian Government, Nov 30 [6] KCTU 2006.11.30 163129
47 KCTU General Strike Newsletter #4 - December 1 [5] KCTU 2006.12.02 162791
46 National Human Rights Commission of Korea Release Statement Regarding Death of Ha Joong Keun [5] KCTU 2006.12.03 162304
45 KCTU Report : Understanding the Actual Situation of Labor Rights in South Korea, Feb. 2007 [5] KCTU 2007.02.22 162037
44 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - March, 2007 [6] KCTU 2007.04.13 153881
43 US Congress Letter on Labour Rights Situation in South Korea, March 2007 [6] KCTU 2007.04.13 154954
42 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - April, 2007 [6] KCTU 2007.05.09 154540
41 Documents of Workshop on the Current Developments Regarding Industrial Relations in South Korea [6] KCTU 2007.05.09 155964
40 2007-June- ILO CFA Report on Korean Case(#1865) [6] KCTU 2007.06.27 163563
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