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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 KCTU Brief on Labour Rights Situation in South Korea [20] admin 2009.06.09 439337
78 ILO CFA Conclusion and Recommendations on the case of MTU(Case No. 2620) [21] KCTU 2009.04.07 193877
77 Press Statement of Global Unions Mission to South Korea-Feb.2009 [16] KCTU 2009.03.05 175515
76 Brief on Labor Rights in South Korea - Feb. 2009 update [19] KCTU 2009.03.05 172074
75 NGO Report : Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in South Korea [16] KCTU 2009.02.16 174104
74 KCTU Organizing Strategy of Migrant Workers in South Korea [17] KCTU 2008.11.12 171797
73 Petition to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea on Burma Shwe Gas Project [12] KCTU 2008.08.02 171494
72 Written Statement for Human Rights Council on Migrant Workers Rights in South Korea update [15] KCTU 2008.08.02 171603
71 KCTU-MTU Presentation Paper for the Side Event on Rising Repression against the Migrant Workers update [16] KCTU 2008.08.02 172278
70 Dump Truck Drivers on Strike over Implementation of New Construction Equipment Legislation [15] KCTU 2008.07.15 172114
69 KCTU Presentation Paper in the April Joint Action Week against the EU FTAs [12] KCTU 2008.04.14 172122
68 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - the Second Edition of 2008 [35] KCTU 2008.04.14 179404
67 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - the First Edition of 2008 [14] KCTU 2008.03.04 172621
66 CLC-KCTU Joint Statement on Korea-Canada Free Trade Agreements [13] KCTU 2007.12.14 172938
65 KCTU International Conference for Migrant Workers Rights [15] KCTU 2007.11.01 171619
64 [Joint Statement] We denounce the political killings and suppression of workers in the Philippines! [13] KCTU 2007.08.10 172240
63 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - July, 2007 update [13] KCTU 2007.08.10 169929
62 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - June, 2007 [13] KCTU 2007.07.09 169184
61 No FTA Newsletter : Official News of the Korean Alliance Against the Korea-U.S. FTA [13] KCTU 2007.06.29 170177
60 2007-June- ILO CFA Report on Korean Case(#1865) [13] KCTU 2007.06.27 172394
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