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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99 Trade Unions Proposal for Improvements of TULRAA [115] KCTU 2013.02.14 218376
98 Why We Oppose the KORUS FTA - KCTU Position Paper on KORUS FTA update [48] KCTU 2011.02.08 246835
97 Statement on Results of Seoul G20 Summit : Great Boast, Small Roast [32] KCTU 2011.02.08 198199
96 Joint Statement of Korean Trade Unions on the UNFCCC COP16, Cancun [27] KCTU 2010.12.02 222058
95 Joint Declaration Concerning the G20 Summit in Seoul [16] KCTU 2010.11.30 202099
94 Briefing document for TUAC to OECD/Fundamental Labour Rights in KOREA after Suspension of Special Monitoring Process [12] KCTU 2010.05.13 226676
93 NGO Report on the Situation of Freedom of Opinion and Expression in the Republic of Korea since 2008 update [65] KCTU 2010.05.13 210251
92 [KCTU Monthly Newsletter-2010 March] 2010 Directives of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions [13] KCTU 2010.03.30 236531
91 [Issue Briefing]Criticism of the Revised Law relating to Union Pluralism and the Status of Full-time Union Officials [62] KCTU 2010.01.19 255257
90 Current Situation of labor issues in Korea update [27] KCTU 2009.12.23 260176
89 International Seminar on the Status of Full-time Trade Union Officials and Global Standards [65] KCTU 2009.12.09 252582
88 ILO CFA 355th Report [23] KCTU 2009.12.08 262204
87 The Current Situation of Labor Rights in South Korea update [24] KCTU 2009.11.03 266451
86 KCTU Flyer for ILC and OECD Forums 2009 [24] admin 2009.07.09 477831
85 [KCTU Int'l Symposium] Australia's Responses to Economic Crisis [13] admin 2009.07.09 265544
84 [KCTU Int'l Symposium] CUT Responses to Economic Crisis update [34] admin 2009.07.09 460021
83 [KCTU Int'l Symposium] CGIL Responses to Economic Crisis [31] admin 2009.07.09 640133
82 [KCTU Int'l Symposium] KCTU Responses to Economic Crisis [26] admin 2009.07.09 264754
81 [KCTU Int'l Symposium] COSATU Responses to Economic Crisis [66] admin 2009.07.09 273641
80 KCTU Ploicy Paper on Discrimination against Women Workers update [27] admin 2009.07.08 272745
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