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
39 [ARTUSC] NEOLIBERALISME AND LABOUR IMPOVERISHMENT [15] KCTU 2004.03.17 168502
38 KCTU Monthly News: September-October 2004 [12] KCTU 2004.11.05 168373
37 KCTU General Strike Newsletter #4 - December 1 [11] KCTU 2006.12.02 168365
36 [Joint Statement] We denounce the political killings and suppression of workers in the Philippines! [11] KCTU 2007.08.10 168167
35 KCTU Monthly News : August Edition, 2005 [18] KCTU 2005.09.05 168120
34 2007-June- ILO CFA Report on Korean Case(#1865) [12] KCTU 2007.06.27 168032
33 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - the First Edition of 2008 [13] KCTU 2008.03.04 167971
32 KCTU Monthly News - July 2004 [11] KCTU 2004.08.13 167876
31 KCTU-MTU Presentation Paper for the Side Event on Rising Repression against the Migrant Workers [14] KCTU 2008.08.02 167872
30 National Human Rights Commission of Korea Release Statement Regarding Death of Ha Joong Keun [11] KCTU 2006.12.03 167792
29 Protest Letter to J.W. Howard, Australian Government, Nov 30 [11] KCTU 2006.11.30 167732
28 KCTU Report to the UN Human Rights Committee [11] KCTU 2006.10.23 167715
27 STATEMENT FROM WORKERS [11] KCTU 2006.10.24 167678
26 ICFTU/TUAC/GUFs Mission Report on the Labour Rights Situation in Korea [11] KCTU 2006.09.22 167623
25 KCTU Monthly News : March Edition 2005 [12] KCTU 2005.03.10 167583
24 KCTU Flyer for the ILO Conference, June 2006 [11] KCTU 2006.08.05 167582
23 KCTU Presentation Paper in the April Joint Action Week against the EU FTAs [11] KCTU 2008.04.14 167564
22 KCTU Monthly News : April Edition 2005 [12] KCTU 2005.04.13 167529
21 KCTU Report : Understanding the Actual Situation of Labor Rights in South Korea, Feb. 2007 [10] KCTU 2007.02.22 167503
20 KCTU Organizing Strategy of Migrant Workers in South Korea [17] KCTU 2008.11.12 167497
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