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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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No. Subject Name Regdate Hits
99 KCTU Representative's Speech at Founding Congress of ITUC [12] KCTU 2006.11.09 167104
98 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - April, 2007 [12] KCTU 2007.05.09 167911
97 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - March, 2007 [12] KCTU 2007.04.13 168054
96 US Congress Letter on Labour Rights Situation in South Korea, March 2007 [17] KCTU 2007.04.13 168702
95 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - June, 2007 [13] KCTU 2007.07.09 169798
94 Documents of Workshop on the Current Developments Regarding Industrial Relations in South Korea [13] KCTU 2007.05.09 170102
93 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - July, 2007 [14] KCTU 2007.08.10 170588
92 No FTA Newsletter : Official News of the Korean Alliance Against the Korea-U.S. FTA [13] KCTU 2007.06.29 170792
91 Joint Statement on Daewoo International's Suspicious Illegal Exports of Defense Indutry Materials [11] KCTU 2006.09.29 171253
90 Summary Paper on the 'Roadmap' for the advancement of industrial relations [14] KCTU 2006.10.09 171715
89 Petition to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea on Burma Shwe Gas Project [13] KCTU 2008.08.02 171988
88 Written Statement for Human Rights Council on Migrant Workers Rights in South Korea [15] KCTU 2008.08.02 172106
87 KCTU International Conference for Migrant Workers Rights [17] KCTU 2007.11.01 172114
86 KCTU Report : Understanding the Actual Situation of Labor Rights in South Korea, Feb. 2007 [10] KCTU 2007.02.22 172250
85 KCTU Organizing Strategy of Migrant Workers in South Korea [20] KCTU 2008.11.12 172309
84 Brief on Labor Rights in South Korea - Feb. 2009 [20] KCTU 2009.03.05 172672
83 ICFTU/TUAC/GUFs Mission Report on the Labour Rights Situation in Korea [11] KCTU 2006.09.22 172698
82 KCTU Presentation Paper in the April Joint Action Week against the EU FTAs [12] KCTU 2008.04.14 172702
81 KCTU-MTU Presentation Paper for the Side Event on Rising Repression against the Migrant Workers [16] KCTU 2008.08.02 172707
80 KCTU Report to the UN Human Rights Committee [11] KCTU 2006.10.23 172719
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