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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78 KCTU Report to the UN Human Rights Committee [6] KCTU 2006.10.23 161969
77 Written Statement for Human Rights Council on Migrant Workers Rights in South Korea [7] KCTU 2008.08.02 161983
76 KCTU International Conference for Migrant Workers Rights [7] KCTU 2007.11.01 162039
75 KCTU Policy Paper on the KORUS FTA [10] KCTU 2006.08.02 162040
74 KCTU Monthly News - July 2004 [5] KCTU 2004.08.13 162050
73 KCTU-MTU Presentation Paper for the Side Event on Rising Repression against the Migrant Workers [9] KCTU 2008.08.02 162054
72 KCTU Presentation Paper in the April Joint Action Week against the EU FTAs [6] KCTU 2008.04.14 162081
71 National Human Rights Commission of Korea Release Statement Regarding Death of Ha Joong Keun [5] KCTU 2006.12.03 162101
70 KCTU Organizing Strategy of Migrant Workers in South Korea [8] KCTU 2008.11.12 162101
69 Dump Truck Drivers on Strike over Implementation of New Construction Equipment Legislation [9] KCTU 2008.07.15 162206
68 KCTU Monthly News : March Edition 2005 [5] KCTU 2005.03.10 162307
67 Petition to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea on Burma Shwe Gas Project [6] KCTU 2008.08.02 162408
66 KCTU General Strike Newsletter #4 - December 1 [5] KCTU 2006.12.02 162595
65 KCTU Monthly News : August Edition, 2005 [12] KCTU 2005.09.05 162648
64 KCTU Monthly News: August-September 2004 [6] KCTU 2004.12.22 162764
63 Recent Situation of Labour Laws and industrial relations in Korea 2005 [6] KCTU 2005.02.17 162890
62 KCTU Monthly News - April 2004 [4] KCTU 2004.04.24 162891
61 KCTU Monthly News: September-October 2004 [6] KCTU 2004.11.05 162919
60 Protest Letter to J.W. Howard, Australian Government, Nov 30 [6] KCTU 2006.11.30 162929
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