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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39 [Joint Statement] We denounce the political killings and suppression of workers in the Philippines! [6] KCTU 2007.08.10 165775
38 KCTU Monthly News: September-October 2004 [6] KCTU 2004.11.05 165719
37 Protest Letter to J.W. Howard, Australian Government, Nov 30 [6] KCTU 2006.11.30 165579
36 KCTU Monthly News : August Edition, 2005 [12] KCTU 2005.09.05 165545
35 2007-June- ILO CFA Report on Korean Case(#1865) [7] KCTU 2007.06.27 165494
34 KCTU Policy Paper on the KORUS FTA [10] KCTU 2006.08.02 165334
33 ICFTU/TUAC/GUFs Mission Report on the Labour Rights Situation in Korea update [6] KCTU 2006.09.22 165224
32 STATEMENT FROM WORKERS [6] KCTU 2006.10.24 165193
31 KCTU Monthly News - July 2004 [5] KCTU 2004.08.13 165105
30 KCTU Report : Understanding the Actual Situation of Labor Rights in South Korea, Feb. 2007 [5] KCTU 2007.02.22 165052
29 Dump Truck Drivers on Strike over Implementation of New Construction Equipment Legislation [10] KCTU 2008.07.15 165051
28 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - the First Edition of 2008 [8] KCTU 2008.03.04 165050
27 KCTU Report to the UN Human Rights Committee [6] KCTU 2006.10.23 165041
26 KCTU Monthly News : April Edition 2005 [5] KCTU 2005.04.13 165023
25 KCTU General Strike Newsletter #4 - December 1 [6] KCTU 2006.12.02 164980
24 KCTU Flyer for the ILO Conference, June 2006 [6] KCTU 2006.08.05 164913
23 National Human Rights Commission of Korea Release Statement Regarding Death of Ha Joong Keun [6] KCTU 2006.12.03 164906
» CLC-KCTU Joint Statement on Korea-Canada Free Trade Agreements [7] KCTU 2007.12.14 164904
21 KCTU Monthly News : March Edition 2005 [5] KCTU 2005.03.10 164875
20 KCTU Presentation Paper in the April Joint Action Week against the EU FTAs [6] KCTU 2008.04.14 164863
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