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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99 Three Years of President Kim Dae Jung: the impact of neoliberal Nobel Peace Laureate [13] KCTU 2003.06.24 183349
98 What is the National Education Information System and its problems? [8] KCTU 2003.06.25 183644
97 The KCTU Movement's 5 year Plan [17] KCTU 2003.08.14 182571
96 Report on Women Workers in Korea [11] KCTU 2003.10.07 180570
95 Flexibilization of Labor and the Future of the Trade Union Movement [10] KCTU 2003.10.09 179439
94 Statement on the government's "Roadmap for Industrial Relations Reform" [9] KCTU 2003.10.18 182025
93 [ARTUSC] Struggles of KCTU against Neoliberal Restructuring after Economic Crisis, and Perspectives [9] KCTU 2003.11.12 171559
92 [ARTUSC] Final Statement and Action Plan of the Asian Regional Trade Union Solidarity Conference [9] KCTU 2003.11.12 186129
91 [ARTUSC] Opening Address : For the Unity and Solidarity of Asian Worekrs [9] KCTU 2003.11.12 171639
90 [ARTUSC] Challenges of the Southeast Asian Trade Unions against the Regionalisation of Capital [8] KCTU 2003.11.12 167152
89 [ARTUSC]Trade Unions and Solidarity with People/Social movement Sectors [8] KCTU 2003.11.12 169232
88 [ARTUSC]The Role of Asian Trade Unions in Developing a Democratic and Progressive International Trad [7] KCTU 2003.11.12 182326
87 [ARTUSC] Asian Labour Movement and its perspective:Obstacles to Unity and how to overcome [9] KCTU 2003.11.13 167087
86 [ARTUSC] Pax Americana under US military domination and the tasks before the Peace Movement in Asia [9] KCTU 2003.11.13 166790
85 [ARTUSC] Japanese Militarization Trends and the Korean Peninsula Crisis, Trade Unions Response [9] KCTU 2003.11.13 166884
84 [ARTUSC] Anti-War Struggle and the Trade Union Movement [8] KCTU 2003.11.13 166619
83 [ARTUSC] The All Japan Dockworkers Union Anti-War and Anti-Deregulations Movements [9] KCTU 2003.11.13 174782
82 [ARTUSC] The Reality of Women Migrant Workers in South Korea and Recommendations to Improve.. [9] KCTU 2003.11.13 174076
81 [ARTUSC] The HKCTUs Strategy in Response to the Neoliberal Globalisation [24] KCTU 2003.11.13 204707
80 [ARTUSC] The Case of TNCs in Korea [7] KCTU 2003.11.13 207109
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