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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No. Subject Name Regdate Hits
99 KCTU Representative's Speech at Founding Congress of ITUC [12] KCTU 2006.11.09 164568
98 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - March, 2007 [11] KCTU 2007.04.13 165277
97 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - April, 2007 [11] KCTU 2007.05.09 165314
96 US Congress Letter on Labour Rights Situation in South Korea, March 2007 [15] KCTU 2007.04.13 166169
95 Documents of Workshop on the Current Developments Regarding Industrial Relations in South Korea [12] KCTU 2007.05.09 167274
94 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - June, 2007 [12] KCTU 2007.07.09 167428
93 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - July, 2007 [12] KCTU 2007.08.10 168174
92 No FTA Newsletter : Official News of the Korean Alliance Against the Korea-U.S. FTA [13] KCTU 2007.06.29 168361
91 Joint Statement on Daewoo International's Suspicious Illegal Exports of Defense Indutry Materials [11] KCTU 2006.09.29 168769
90 Summary Paper on the 'Roadmap' for the advancement of industrial relations [14] KCTU 2006.10.09 169328
89 Written Statement for Human Rights Council on Migrant Workers Rights in South Korea [13] KCTU 2008.08.02 170074
88 Petition to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea on Burma Shwe Gas Project [12] KCTU 2008.08.02 170142
87 Brief on Labor Rights in South Korea - Feb. 2009 [16] KCTU 2009.03.05 170184
86 KCTU Report : Understanding the Actual Situation of Labor Rights in South Korea, Feb. 2007 [10] KCTU 2007.02.22 170305
85 KCTU International Conference for Migrant Workers Rights [14] KCTU 2007.11.01 170317
84 KCTU Organizing Strategy of Migrant Workers in South Korea [17] KCTU 2008.11.12 170362
83 Report of Trade Union Repression in South Korea [11] KCTU 2006.11.13 170513
82 Protest Letter to J.W. Howard, Australian Government, Nov 30 [11] KCTU 2006.11.30 170541
81 [Joint Statement] We denounce the political killings and suppression of workers in the Philippines! [11] KCTU 2007.08.10 170544
80 KCTU Flyer for the ILO Conference, June 2006 [11] KCTU 2006.08.05 170563
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