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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 Flyer for the ILO Conference, June 2006 [6] KCTU 2006.08.05 165469
78 KCTU Monthly News : March Edition 2005 [5] KCTU 2005.03.10 165484
77 KCTU General Strike Newsletter #4 - December 1 [6] KCTU 2006.12.02 165545
76 KCTU Report : Understanding the Actual Situation of Labor Rights in South Korea, Feb. 2007 [5] KCTU 2007.02.22 165612
75 CLC-KCTU Joint Statement on Korea-Canada Free Trade Agreements [7] KCTU 2007.12.14 165629
74 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - the First Edition of 2008 [8] KCTU 2008.03.04 165643
73 Dump Truck Drivers on Strike over Implementation of New Construction Equipment Legislation [10] KCTU 2008.07.15 165674
72 KCTU Monthly News : April Edition 2005 [5] KCTU 2005.04.13 165689
71 KCTU Monthly News - July 2004 [5] KCTU 2004.08.13 165726
70 National Human Rights Commission of Korea Release Statement Regarding Death of Ha Joong Keun [6] KCTU 2006.12.03 165757
69 KCTU Report to the UN Human Rights Committee [6] KCTU 2006.10.23 165760
68 STATEMENT FROM WORKERS [6] KCTU 2006.10.24 165777
67 ICFTU/TUAC/GUFs Mission Report on the Labour Rights Situation in Korea [6] KCTU 2006.09.22 165910
66 KCTU Policy Paper on the KORUS FTA [10] KCTU 2006.08.02 165979
65 2007-June- ILO CFA Report on Korean Case(#1865) [7] KCTU 2007.06.27 166083
» Protest Letter to J.W. Howard, Australian Government, Nov 30 [6] KCTU 2006.11.30 166139
63 KCTU Monthly News : August Edition, 2005 [12] KCTU 2005.09.05 166194
62 KCTU Monthly News: September-October 2004 [6] KCTU 2004.11.05 166329
61 [Joint Statement] We denounce the political killings and suppression of workers in the Philippines! [6] KCTU 2007.08.10 166349
60 KCTU Monthly News: November-December 2004 [7] KCTU 2005.01.04 166479
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