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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No. Subject Name Regdate Hits
99 KCTU Representative's Speech at Founding Congress of ITUC [12] KCTU 2006.11.09 167801
98 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - April, 2007 [12] KCTU 2007.05.09 168554
97 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - March, 2007 [12] KCTU 2007.04.13 168743
96 US Congress Letter on Labour Rights Situation in South Korea, March 2007 [17] KCTU 2007.04.13 169382
95 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - June, 2007 [13] KCTU 2007.07.09 170554
94 Documents of Workshop on the Current Developments Regarding Industrial Relations in South Korea [13] KCTU 2007.05.09 170834
93 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - July, 2007 [14] KCTU 2007.08.10 171315
92 No FTA Newsletter : Official News of the Korean Alliance Against the Korea-U.S. FTA [13] KCTU 2007.06.29 171495
91 Joint Statement on Daewoo International's Suspicious Illegal Exports of Defense Indutry Materials [11] KCTU 2006.09.29 171985
90 Summary Paper on the 'Roadmap' for the advancement of industrial relations [14] KCTU 2006.10.09 172427
89 Petition to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea on Burma Shwe Gas Project [13] KCTU 2008.08.02 172672
88 Written Statement for Human Rights Council on Migrant Workers Rights in South Korea [15] KCTU 2008.08.02 172818
87 KCTU International Conference for Migrant Workers Rights [17] KCTU 2007.11.01 172839
86 KCTU Report : Understanding the Actual Situation of Labor Rights in South Korea, Feb. 2007 [10] KCTU 2007.02.22 172932
85 KCTU Organizing Strategy of Migrant Workers in South Korea [20] KCTU 2008.11.12 173075
84 KCTU Flyer for the ILO Conference, June 2006 [11] KCTU 2006.08.05 173330
83 ICFTU/TUAC/GUFs Mission Report on the Labour Rights Situation in Korea [11] KCTU 2006.09.22 173342
82 National Human Rights Commission of Korea Release Statement Regarding Death of Ha Joong Keun [11] KCTU 2006.12.03 173348
81 STATEMENT FROM WORKERS [11] KCTU 2006.10.24 173351
80 Brief on Labor Rights in South Korea - Feb. 2009 [20] KCTU 2009.03.05 173354
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