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The following is the speech paper by Jin Young-Ok, Vice-President of KCTU during the founding congress of ITUC.

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Thank you Chair

Comrades.

I would like to extend warm greetings of solidarity on behalf of more than 15 million workers in South Korea on this historic occasion.

First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for your consistent interest and solidarity for the improvement of the labor right situation and calling for an end to trade union repression in South Korea. We recognize the significant role the international community such as the ILO plays in pressuring for improvement of labor standards. It is as a result of this pressure and the solidarity provided by everyone of you that we, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions are here at this Founding Congress. So we hope that ITUC can continue to organize mutual support and solidarity amongst its members to challenge the neo liberal globalization. We the KCTU pledge to be part of this challenge utilizing our past experiences and mobilizing our strength..

Trade union and human rights are threatened by neoliberal globalization. The WTO and international financial institutions such as the IMF have already deprived thousands of workers and their families many things such as rights to access to clean water, public services, quality health care, and decent work. The DOHA development agenda has already failed. Even its proclaimed objective to promote "development" in the South is no longer a reality. So, we do not want the WTO or an FTA. We want a labor friendly and equal globalization based on new internationalism. In this process, the ILO's role should be more emphasized and be an effective measure to defend and promote international labor standards and the last resort for defending trade union rights.

In spite of the significance of the ILO, I would to like to denounce any government that neglects the authority and legal capacity of the ILO. The Committee on the Freedom of Association of the ILO has made 13 recommendations to the South Korean government to bring labor laws and industrial relations systems in line with international standards. However, the government has never implemented these recommendations legally and practically. Instead, the government has chosen to intensify trade union rights repression.

Even during the ILO Asian Regional Meeting which was held in Busan, South Korea this year, the government forcibly closed the local union offices of the Korean Government Employees Union. The government continued its efforts to systematically destroy the KGEU by launching a nation-wide raid of KGEU local union offices on September 22.

In addition, on September 11, the South Korean government decided to postpone union pluralism at the enterprise level for another three years under the excuse of needing a transition period and avoiding social disruption.
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No. Subject Name Regdate Hits
19 CLC-KCTU Joint Statement on Korea-Canada Free Trade Agreements [12] KCTU 2007.12.14 167901
18 KCTU Organizing Strategy of Migrant Workers in South Korea [17] KCTU 2008.11.12 167851
17 KCTU Report : Understanding the Actual Situation of Labor Rights in South Korea, Feb. 2007 [10] KCTU 2007.02.22 167831
16 KCTU International Conference for Migrant Workers Rights [14] KCTU 2007.11.01 167811
15 Petition to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea on Burma Shwe Gas Project [13] KCTU 2008.08.02 167777
14 Written Statement for Human Rights Council on Migrant Workers Rights in South Korea [13] KCTU 2008.08.02 167571
13 Report of Trade Union Repression in South Korea [11] KCTU 2006.11.13 167203
12 Why We Are Here : Voice of the Korean People on the Korea-Us FTA [14] KCTU 2006.06.13 167198
11 Brief on Labor Rights in South Korea - Feb. 2009 [16] KCTU 2009.03.05 166996
10 Summary Paper on the 'Roadmap' for the advancement of industrial relations [14] KCTU 2006.10.09 166215
9 Joint Statement on Daewoo International's Suspicious Illegal Exports of Defense Indutry Materials [11] KCTU 2006.09.29 165646
8 No FTA Newsletter : Official News of the Korean Alliance Against the Korea-U.S. FTA [12] KCTU 2007.06.29 165185
7 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - July, 2007 [12] KCTU 2007.08.10 165054
6 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - June, 2007 [12] KCTU 2007.07.09 164258
5 Documents of Workshop on the Current Developments Regarding Industrial Relations in South Korea [12] KCTU 2007.05.09 163699
4 US Congress Letter on Labour Rights Situation in South Korea, March 2007 [14] KCTU 2007.04.13 162680
3 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - April, 2007 [11] KCTU 2007.05.09 162256
2 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - March, 2007 [11] KCTU 2007.04.13 161998
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