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November 30

Rt. Hon. J W Howard MHR
Prime Minister
Parliament House
ACT 2600

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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78 Dump Truck Drivers on Strike over Implementation of New Construction Equipment Legislation update [11] KCTU 2008.07.15 166782
77 KCTU-MTU Presentation Paper for the Side Event on Rising Repression against the Migrant Workers update [10] KCTU 2008.08.02 166788
76 KCTU Flyer for the ILO Conference, June 2006 update [7] KCTU 2006.08.05 166825
75 KCTU Monthly News : March Edition 2005 update [8] KCTU 2005.03.10 166826
74 KCTU Monthly News - July 2004 [7] KCTU 2004.08.13 166839
73 KCTU Report : Understanding the Actual Situation of Labor Rights in South Korea, Feb. 2007 update [6] KCTU 2007.02.22 166887
72 KCTU Report to the UN Human Rights Committee update [7] KCTU 2006.10.23 167008
71 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - the First Edition of 2008 update [9] KCTU 2008.03.04 167020
70 ICFTU/TUAC/GUFs Mission Report on the Labour Rights Situation in Korea update [7] KCTU 2006.09.22 167052
69 STATEMENT FROM WORKERS update [7] KCTU 2006.10.24 167068
68 National Human Rights Commission of Korea Release Statement Regarding Death of Ha Joong Keun update [7] KCTU 2006.12.03 167145
67 KCTU Policy Paper on the KORUS FTA [10] KCTU 2006.08.02 167209
» Protest Letter to J.W. Howard, Australian Government, Nov 30 update [7] KCTU 2006.11.30 167224
65 KCTU Monthly News : August Edition, 2005 update [14] KCTU 2005.09.05 167290
64 KCTU General Strike Newsletter #4 - December 1 update [7] KCTU 2006.12.02 167331
63 2007-June- ILO CFA Report on Korean Case(#1865) update [8] KCTU 2007.06.27 167365
62 [Joint Statement] We denounce the political killings and suppression of workers in the Philippines! update [7] KCTU 2007.08.10 167476
61 KCTU Monthly News: September-October 2004 update [8] KCTU 2004.11.05 167556
60 Recent Situation of Labour Laws and industrial relations in Korea 2005 update [8] KCTU 2005.02.17 167810
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