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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79 KCTU Monthly News(March, 2004) [5] KCTU 2004.03.17 166868
78 [ARTUSC] The Impact of Neo-liberal Globalization: Irregular jobs, informal sector work [9] KCTU 2004.03.17 165980
77 [ARTUSC] Globalisation and Militarisation [11] KCTU 2004.03.17 321099
76 [ARTUSC] NEOLIBERALISME AND LABOUR IMPOVERISHMENT [6] KCTU 2004.03.17 165811
75 [ARTUC] Global Restructuring and Trade Union Strategy [6] KCTU 2004.03.17 167040
74 KCTU Monthly News - April 2004 [4] KCTU 2004.04.24 165962
73 KCTU Monthly News - May 2004 [6] KCTU 2004.06.23 166196
72 KCTU Monthly News - June [688] KCTU 2004.07.20 257268
71 KCTU Monthly News - July 2004 [5] KCTU 2004.08.13 165050
70 KCTU Monthly News: September-October 2004 [6] KCTU 2004.11.05 165667
69 KCTU Monthly News: August-September 2004 [6] KCTU 2004.12.22 165900
68 KCTU Monthly News: November-December 2004 [7] KCTU 2005.01.04 165813
67 Recent Situation of Labour Laws and industrial relations in Korea 2005 [6] KCTU 2005.02.17 165985
66 KCTU Monthly News : March Edition 2005 [5] KCTU 2005.03.10 164821
65 KCTU Monthly News : April Edition 2005 [5] KCTU 2005.04.13 164984
64 KCTU Monthly News : May Edition 2005 [6] KCTU 2005.05.20 168527
63 KCTU Monthly News : June-July Edition(Part One) [33] KCTU 2005.07.19 166540
62 KCTU Monthly News : June-July Edition(Part Two) [10] KCTU 2005.07.29 178618
61 KCTU Monthly News : August Edition, 2005 [12] KCTU 2005.09.05 165433
60 Why We Are Here : Voice of the Korean People on the Korea-Us FTA [6] KCTU 2006.06.13 162168
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