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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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39 [Joint Statement] We denounce the political killings and suppression of workers in the Philippines! [6] KCTU 2007.08.10 166348
38 KCTU Monthly News: September-October 2004 [6] KCTU 2004.11.05 166327
37 KCTU Monthly News : August Edition, 2005 [12] KCTU 2005.09.05 166194
» Protest Letter to J.W. Howard, Australian Government, Nov 30 [6] KCTU 2006.11.30 166136
35 2007-June- ILO CFA Report on Korean Case(#1865) [7] KCTU 2007.06.27 166083
34 KCTU Policy Paper on the KORUS FTA [10] KCTU 2006.08.02 165978
33 ICFTU/TUAC/GUFs Mission Report on the Labour Rights Situation in Korea [6] KCTU 2006.09.22 165909
32 STATEMENT FROM WORKERS [6] KCTU 2006.10.24 165776
31 KCTU Report to the UN Human Rights Committee [6] KCTU 2006.10.23 165759
30 National Human Rights Commission of Korea Release Statement Regarding Death of Ha Joong Keun [6] KCTU 2006.12.03 165757
29 KCTU Monthly News - July 2004 [5] KCTU 2004.08.13 165726
28 KCTU Monthly News : April Edition 2005 [5] KCTU 2005.04.13 165689
27 Dump Truck Drivers on Strike over Implementation of New Construction Equipment Legislation [10] KCTU 2008.07.15 165673
26 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - the First Edition of 2008 [8] KCTU 2008.03.04 165640
25 CLC-KCTU Joint Statement on Korea-Canada Free Trade Agreements [7] KCTU 2007.12.14 165629
24 KCTU Report : Understanding the Actual Situation of Labor Rights in South Korea, Feb. 2007 [5] KCTU 2007.02.22 165611
23 KCTU General Strike Newsletter #4 - December 1 [6] KCTU 2006.12.02 165545
22 KCTU Monthly News : March Edition 2005 [5] KCTU 2005.03.10 165483
21 KCTU Flyer for the ILO Conference, June 2006 [6] KCTU 2006.08.05 165467
20 Petition to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea on Burma Shwe Gas Project [7] KCTU 2008.08.02 165452
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