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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79 KCTU Brief on Labour Rights Situation in South Korea update [17] admin 2009.06.09 433474
78 ILO CFA Conclusion and Recommendations on the case of MTU(Case No. 2620) update [18] KCTU 2009.04.07 189747
77 Press Statement of Global Unions Mission to South Korea-Feb.2009 update [14] KCTU 2009.03.05 171154
76 Brief on Labor Rights in South Korea - Feb. 2009 update [14] KCTU 2009.03.05 165072
75 NGO Report : Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in South Korea update [14] KCTU 2009.02.16 166052
74 KCTU Organizing Strategy of Migrant Workers in South Korea update [17] KCTU 2008.11.12 166842
73 Petition to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea on Burma Shwe Gas Project update [12] KCTU 2008.08.02 166791
72 Written Statement for Human Rights Council on Migrant Workers Rights in South Korea update [13] KCTU 2008.08.02 166515
71 KCTU-MTU Presentation Paper for the Side Event on Rising Repression against the Migrant Workers update [14] KCTU 2008.08.02 166912
70 Dump Truck Drivers on Strike over Implementation of New Construction Equipment Legislation update [15] KCTU 2008.07.15 166857
69 KCTU Presentation Paper in the April Joint Action Week against the EU FTAs update [11] KCTU 2008.04.14 166825
68 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - the Second Edition of 2008 update [32] KCTU 2008.04.14 172748
67 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - the First Edition of 2008 update [13] KCTU 2008.03.04 167182
» CLC-KCTU Joint Statement on Korea-Canada Free Trade Agreements update [12] KCTU 2007.12.14 166842
65 KCTU International Conference for Migrant Workers Rights update [12] KCTU 2007.11.01 166715
64 [Joint Statement] We denounce the political killings and suppression of workers in the Philippines! update [11] KCTU 2007.08.10 167567
63 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - July, 2007 update [12] KCTU 2007.08.10 163150
62 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - June, 2007 update [12] KCTU 2007.07.09 162363
61 No FTA Newsletter : Official News of the Korean Alliance Against the Korea-U.S. FTA update [12] KCTU 2007.06.29 163207
60 2007-June- ILO CFA Report on Korean Case(#1865) update [12] KCTU 2007.06.27 167489
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