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 [5] KCTU 2006.11.09 151091
98 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - March, 2007 [6] KCTU 2007.04.13 151302
97 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - April, 2007 [5] KCTU 2007.05.09 151911
96 US Congress Letter on Labour Rights Situation in South Korea, March 2007 [6] KCTU 2007.04.13 152320
95 Documents of Workshop on the Current Developments Regarding Industrial Relations in South Korea [6] KCTU 2007.05.09 153260
94 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - June, 2007 [7] KCTU 2007.07.09 154104
93 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - July, 2007 [7] KCTU 2007.08.10 154902
92 No FTA Newsletter : Official News of the Korean Alliance Against the Korea-U.S. FTA [7] KCTU 2007.06.29 155016
91 Joint Statement on Daewoo International's Suspicious Illegal Exports of Defense Indutry Materials [5] KCTU 2006.09.29 155347
90 Summary Paper on the 'Roadmap' for the advancement of industrial relations [5] KCTU 2006.10.09 155983
89 Why We Are Here : Voice of the Korean People on the Korea-Us FTA [6] KCTU 2006.06.13 156325
88 Report of Trade Union Repression in South Korea [5] KCTU 2006.11.13 156456
87 Brief on Labor Rights in South Korea - Feb. 2009 [6] KCTU 2009.03.05 156684
86 NGO Report : Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in South Korea [5] KCTU 2009.02.16 157596
85 KCTU Flyer for the ILO Conference, June 2006 [5] KCTU 2006.08.05 158574
84 STATEMENT FROM WORKERS [6] KCTU 2006.10.24 158655
83 KCTU Report : Understanding the Actual Situation of Labor Rights in South Korea, Feb. 2007 [5] KCTU 2007.02.22 158736
82 Written Statement for Human Rights Council on Migrant Workers Rights in South Korea [6] KCTU 2008.08.02 158843
81 KCTU International Conference for Migrant Workers Rights [7] KCTU 2007.11.01 158858
80 KCTU Monthly News : April Edition 2005 [5] KCTU 2005.04.13 158898
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