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
79 ICFTU/TUAC/GUFs Mission Report on the Labour Rights Situation in Korea [11] KCTU 2006.09.22 169888
78 Protest Letter to J.W. Howard, Australian Government, Nov 30 [11] KCTU 2006.11.30 169917
77 [Joint Statement] We denounce the political killings and suppression of workers in the Philippines! [11] KCTU 2007.08.10 169921
76 National Human Rights Commission of Korea Release Statement Regarding Death of Ha Joong Keun [11] KCTU 2006.12.03 169937
75 KCTU Report to the UN Human Rights Committee [11] KCTU 2006.10.23 169956
74 Dump Truck Drivers on Strike over Implementation of New Construction Equipment Legislation [15] KCTU 2008.07.15 169962
73 KCTU Presentation Paper in the April Joint Action Week against the EU FTAs [12] KCTU 2008.04.14 170025
72 STATEMENT FROM WORKERS [11] KCTU 2006.10.24 170070
71 KCTU-MTU Presentation Paper for the Side Event on Rising Repression against the Migrant Workers [14] KCTU 2008.08.02 170149
70 Why We Are Here : Voice of the Korean People on the Korea-Us FTA [14] KCTU 2006.06.13 170300
69 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - the First Edition of 2008 [13] KCTU 2008.03.04 170534
68 KCTU Monthly News : April Edition 2005 [13] KCTU 2005.04.13 170561
67 Protest Letter to Arroyo, Filipino Government on Nov 16 [12] KCTU 2006.11.30 170630
66 KCTU Policy Paper on the KORUS FTA update [29] KCTU 2006.08.02 170891
65 KCTU Monthly News : March Edition 2005 [13] KCTU 2005.03.10 170922
64 NGO Report : Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in South Korea [16] KCTU 2009.02.16 171169
63 KCTU Monthly News - July 2004 [12] KCTU 2004.08.13 171297
62 [ARTUSC] NEOLIBERALISME AND LABOUR IMPOVERISHMENT [21] KCTU 2004.03.17 171336
61 KCTU Monthly News: August-September 2004 [14] KCTU 2004.12.22 171439
60 KCTU Monthly News : August Edition, 2005 [20] KCTU 2005.09.05 171521
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