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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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57 [ARTUSC] Anti-War Struggle and the Trade Union Movement update [7] KCTU 2003.11.13 163644
56 [ARTUSC] Pax Americana under US military domination and the tasks before the Peace Movement in Asia update [8] KCTU 2003.11.13 163768
55 [ARTUSC] Japanese Militarization Trends and the Korean Peninsula Crisis, Trade Unions Response update [8] KCTU 2003.11.13 163787
54 2007-June- ILO CFA Report on Korean Case(#1865) [6] KCTU 2007.06.27 163793
53 KCTU Monthly News - May 2004 [6] KCTU 2004.06.23 163815
52 [ARTUSC] Asian Labour Movement and its perspective:Obstacles to Unity and how to overcome update [9] KCTU 2003.11.13 163878
51 KCTU Monthly News: November-December 2004 [7] KCTU 2005.01.04 163907
50 [Joint Statement] We denounce the political killings and suppression of workers in the Philippines! [6] KCTU 2007.08.10 163967
49 [ARTUC] Global Restructuring and Trade Union Strategy [6] KCTU 2004.03.17 164031
48 [ARTUSC] Challenges of the Southeast Asian Trade Unions against the Regionalisation of Capital update [8] KCTU 2003.11.12 164134
47 KCTU Monthly News : June-July Edition(Part One) [30] KCTU 2005.07.19 164140
46 KCTU Monthly News(March, 2004) [5] KCTU 2004.03.17 164247
45 Protest Letter to Arroyo, Filipino Government on Nov 16 [7] KCTU 2006.11.30 164792
44 Press Statement of Global Unions Mission to South Korea-Feb.2009 update [9] KCTU 2009.03.05 165237
43 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - the Second Edition of 2008 [26] KCTU 2008.04.14 165559
42 [ARTUSC]Trade Unions and Solidarity with People/Social movement Sectors update [7] KCTU 2003.11.12 166074
41 KCTU Monthly News : May Edition 2005 [6] KCTU 2005.05.20 166355
40 Bro. Jo Jun-Ho's Speech at the 95th ILC, June 2006 [5] KCTU 2006.06.13 167893
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