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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99 KCTU Representative's Speech at Founding Congress of ITUC [12] KCTU 2006.11.09 166401
98 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - April, 2007 [12] KCTU 2007.05.09 167292
97 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - March, 2007 [12] KCTU 2007.04.13 167462
96 US Congress Letter on Labour Rights Situation in South Korea, March 2007 [17] KCTU 2007.04.13 168122
95 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - June, 2007 [13] KCTU 2007.07.09 169202
94 Documents of Workshop on the Current Developments Regarding Industrial Relations in South Korea [13] KCTU 2007.05.09 169473
93 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - July, 2007 [13] KCTU 2007.08.10 169949
92 No FTA Newsletter : Official News of the Korean Alliance Against the Korea-U.S. FTA [13] KCTU 2007.06.29 170197
91 Joint Statement on Daewoo International's Suspicious Illegal Exports of Defense Indutry Materials [11] KCTU 2006.09.29 170628
90 Summary Paper on the 'Roadmap' for the advancement of industrial relations [14] KCTU 2006.10.09 171153
89 Petition to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea on Burma Shwe Gas Project [12] KCTU 2008.08.02 171511
88 Written Statement for Human Rights Council on Migrant Workers Rights in South Korea [15] KCTU 2008.08.02 171619
87 KCTU International Conference for Migrant Workers Rights [15] KCTU 2007.11.01 171637
86 KCTU Report : Understanding the Actual Situation of Labor Rights in South Korea, Feb. 2007 [10] KCTU 2007.02.22 171766
85 KCTU Organizing Strategy of Migrant Workers in South Korea [17] KCTU 2008.11.12 171816
84 Brief on Labor Rights in South Korea - Feb. 2009 update [20] KCTU 2009.03.05 172098
83 ICFTU/TUAC/GUFs Mission Report on the Labour Rights Situation in Korea [11] KCTU 2006.09.22 172115
82 KCTU Presentation Paper in the April Joint Action Week against the EU FTAs [12] KCTU 2008.04.14 172155
81 Dump Truck Drivers on Strike over Implementation of New Construction Equipment Legislation [15] KCTU 2008.07.15 172156
80 KCTU Report to the UN Human Rights Committee [11] KCTU 2006.10.23 172169
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