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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
79 ICFTU/TUAC/GUFs Mission Report on the Labour Rights Situation in Korea [11] KCTU 2006.09.22 169932
» Protest Letter to J.W. Howard, Australian Government, Nov 30 [11] KCTU 2006.11.30 169955
77 [Joint Statement] We denounce the political killings and suppression of workers in the Philippines! [11] KCTU 2007.08.10 169959
76 National Human Rights Commission of Korea Release Statement Regarding Death of Ha Joong Keun [11] KCTU 2006.12.03 169981
75 KCTU Report to the UN Human Rights Committee [11] KCTU 2006.10.23 169996
74 Dump Truck Drivers on Strike over Implementation of New Construction Equipment Legislation [15] KCTU 2008.07.15 170003
73 KCTU Presentation Paper in the April Joint Action Week against the EU FTAs [12] KCTU 2008.04.14 170068
72 STATEMENT FROM WORKERS [11] KCTU 2006.10.24 170121
71 KCTU-MTU Presentation Paper for the Side Event on Rising Repression against the Migrant Workers [14] KCTU 2008.08.02 170186
70 Why We Are Here : Voice of the Korean People on the Korea-Us FTA [14] KCTU 2006.06.13 170348
69 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - the First Edition of 2008 [13] KCTU 2008.03.04 170574
68 KCTU Monthly News : April Edition 2005 [13] KCTU 2005.04.13 170610
67 Protest Letter to Arroyo, Filipino Government on Nov 16 [12] KCTU 2006.11.30 170668
66 KCTU Policy Paper on the KORUS FTA [29] KCTU 2006.08.02 170938
65 KCTU Monthly News : March Edition 2005 [13] KCTU 2005.03.10 170986
64 NGO Report : Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in South Korea [16] KCTU 2009.02.16 171258
63 KCTU Monthly News - July 2004 [12] KCTU 2004.08.13 171337
62 [ARTUSC] NEOLIBERALISME AND LABOUR IMPOVERISHMENT [21] KCTU 2004.03.17 171374
61 KCTU Monthly News: August-September 2004 [14] KCTU 2004.12.22 171492
60 KCTU Monthly News : August Edition, 2005 [20] KCTU 2005.09.05 171564
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