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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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58 [ARTUSC] NEOLIBERALISME AND LABOUR IMPOVERISHMENT [25] KCTU 2004.03.17 174203
57 KCTU Monthly News - April 2004 [10] KCTU 2004.04.24 174460
56 Recent Situation of Labour Laws and industrial relations in Korea 2005 [13] KCTU 2005.02.17 174685
55 [ARTUSC] The Impact of Neo-liberal Globalization: Irregular jobs, informal sector work [12] KCTU 2004.03.17 174758
54 KCTU Monthly News - May 2004 [11] KCTU 2004.06.23 174885
53 KCTU Monthly News: November-December 2004 [12] KCTU 2005.01.04 174970
52 [ARTUC] Global Restructuring and Trade Union Strategy [11] KCTU 2004.03.17 175051
51 KCTU Monthly News : May Edition 2005 [16] KCTU 2005.05.20 175222
50 Press Statement of Global Unions Mission to South Korea-Feb.2009 [16] KCTU 2009.03.05 175425
49 Bro. Jo Jun-Ho's Speech at the 95th ILC, June 2006 [10] KCTU 2006.06.13 175632
48 KCTU Monthly News(March, 2004) [10] KCTU 2004.03.17 176073
47 KCTU Monthly News : June-July Edition(Part One) [41] KCTU 2005.07.19 176185
46 [ARTUSC] Challenges of the Southeast Asian Trade Unions against the Regionalisation of Capital [12] KCTU 2003.11.12 176732
45 [ARTUSC] Pax Americana under US military domination and the tasks before the Peace Movement in Asia [14] KCTU 2003.11.13 176779
44 [ARTUSC] Japanese Militarization Trends and the Korean Peninsula Crisis, Trade Unions Response [14] KCTU 2003.11.13 177102
43 [ARTUSC] Anti-War Struggle and the Trade Union Movement [13] KCTU 2003.11.13 177406
42 [ARTUSC] Asian Labour Movement and its perspective:Obstacles to Unity and how to overcome [14] KCTU 2003.11.13 178677
41 [ARTUSC] Opening Address : For the Unity and Solidarity of Asian Worekrs [13] KCTU 2003.11.12 179284
40 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - the Second Edition of 2008 [35] KCTU 2008.04.14 179298
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