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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79 KCTU Brief on Labour Rights Situation in South Korea [11] admin 2009.06.09 429625
78 ILO CFA Conclusion and Recommendations on the case of MTU(Case No. 2620) [10] KCTU 2009.04.07 186619
77 Press Statement of Global Unions Mission to South Korea-Feb.2009 [8] KCTU 2009.03.05 165114
76 Brief on Labor Rights in South Korea - Feb. 2009 [8] KCTU 2009.03.05 159445
75 NGO Report : Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in South Korea [7] KCTU 2009.02.16 160385
74 KCTU Organizing Strategy of Migrant Workers in South Korea [8] KCTU 2008.11.12 162434
73 Petition to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea on Burma Shwe Gas Project [6] KCTU 2008.08.02 162686
72 Written Statement for Human Rights Council on Migrant Workers Rights in South Korea [7] KCTU 2008.08.02 162342
71 KCTU-MTU Presentation Paper for the Side Event on Rising Repression against the Migrant Workers [9] KCTU 2008.08.02 162397
70 Dump Truck Drivers on Strike over Implementation of New Construction Equipment Legislation [9] KCTU 2008.07.15 162547
69 KCTU Presentation Paper in the April Joint Action Week against the EU FTAs [6] KCTU 2008.04.14 162428
68 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - the Second Edition of 2008 [26] KCTU 2008.04.14 165242
67 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - the First Edition of 2008 [8] KCTU 2008.03.04 162222
» CLC-KCTU Joint Statement on Korea-Canada Free Trade Agreements [6] KCTU 2007.12.14 162138
65 KCTU International Conference for Migrant Workers Rights [7] KCTU 2007.11.01 162367
64 [Joint Statement] We denounce the political killings and suppression of workers in the Philippines! [6] KCTU 2007.08.10 163839
63 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - July, 2007 [7] KCTU 2007.08.10 157643
62 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - June, 2007 [7] KCTU 2007.07.09 156813
61 No FTA Newsletter : Official News of the Korean Alliance Against the Korea-U.S. FTA [7] KCTU 2007.06.29 157710
60 2007-June- ILO CFA Report on Korean Case(#1865) [6] KCTU 2007.06.27 163642
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