An attached document was presented by Kim Taeyeon, KCTU Executive Derector of Policy Department, at Asian Regional Trade Union Solidarity Conference, November 5-7, Seoul, Korea.

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The Struggles of KCTU against Neoliberal Restructuring after Economic Crisis, and Perspectives on Asian Workers Solidarity

Kim Taeyeon(KCTU, Executive Director of Policy Department)

I. KCTU's interpretation of the 1997 economic crisis
1. World capitalist system: 'Neoliberal globalisation' under crisis of over- accumulation
2. Asia's economy
3. Korea's economic crisis of 1997

II. The Strategy of Capital and the State
1. The neoliberal restructuring policies of the Kim Dae-Jung regime
2. Deceptive tripartite social consensus policies
3. The ideology advocating that 'suffering should be shared'

III. The Struggles of KCTU
1. Confusion in the first stages: Provisional agreement to lay-offs at the Tripartite Commission, February 1998
2. Struggles of 1998: Reinforcement and counterattack of the workers
3. Struggles of 1999-2001
4. Struggles against privatisation of public corporations, 2002-3
5. Struggle for basic rights of women, small-to-medium, irregular and migrant workers

IV. The results of neoliberal globalisation
1. The IMF Structural Adjustment Program: Deepening of economic dependency and instability, strengthening of monopoly
2. Polarisation of society and widening of gap between rich and poor
3. Surge in irregular labour, insufficient social safety net
4. Exclusion for disabled and migrant workers from basic labour rights
5. Decrease in real wages of workers
6. Discrimination in wages, working conditions, social welfare for irregular workers
7. Continuation of long working hours
8. Deterioration in lives of women workers: Partial improvement in equal employment, sexual harrassment, maternity protection, but lack of practice
9. The increase of industrial accidents including bone and muscle diseases
10. Weak social welfare
11. Continuous repression against workers, lack of security in basic labour rights

V. The Noh Moo-Hyun regime and KCTU's tasks for struggle
1. Noh Moo-Hyun regime's failure at reform
2. KCTU's tasks for struggle

VI. Proposals for the strengthening of the solidarity front of Asian workers against neoliberalism, globalisation and war
1. KCTU's perspective on workers' international solidarity
2. Let's implement plans to strengthen workers' solidarity in Asia against neoliberalism and globalisation
Total 99
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39 [Joint Statement] We denounce the political killings and suppression of workers in the Philippines! [6] KCTU 2007.08.10 165736
38 KCTU Monthly News: September-October 2004 [6] KCTU 2004.11.05 165693
37 Protest Letter to J.W. Howard, Australian Government, Nov 30 [6] KCTU 2006.11.30 165532
36 KCTU Monthly News : August Edition, 2005 [12] KCTU 2005.09.05 165497
35 2007-June- ILO CFA Report on Korean Case(#1865) [7] KCTU 2007.06.27 165464
34 KCTU Policy Paper on the KORUS FTA [10] KCTU 2006.08.02 165284
33 STATEMENT FROM WORKERS [6] KCTU 2006.10.24 165153
32 KCTU Monthly News - July 2004 [5] KCTU 2004.08.13 165068
31 ICFTU/TUAC/GUFs Mission Report on the Labour Rights Situation in Korea [5] KCTU 2006.09.22 165060
30 KCTU Report : Understanding the Actual Situation of Labor Rights in South Korea, Feb. 2007 [5] KCTU 2007.02.22 165016
29 KCTU Report to the UN Human Rights Committee [6] KCTU 2006.10.23 165011
28 Dump Truck Drivers on Strike over Implementation of New Construction Equipment Legislation [10] KCTU 2008.07.15 165008
27 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - the First Edition of 2008 [8] KCTU 2008.03.04 165007
26 KCTU Monthly News : April Edition 2005 [5] KCTU 2005.04.13 164999
25 KCTU Flyer for the ILO Conference, June 2006 [6] KCTU 2006.08.05 164873
24 National Human Rights Commission of Korea Release Statement Regarding Death of Ha Joong Keun [6] KCTU 2006.12.03 164843
23 KCTU Monthly News : March Edition 2005 [5] KCTU 2005.03.10 164840
22 CLC-KCTU Joint Statement on Korea-Canada Free Trade Agreements [7] KCTU 2007.12.14 164838
21 KCTU Presentation Paper in the April Joint Action Week against the EU FTAs [6] KCTU 2008.04.14 164829
20 KCTU General Strike Newsletter #4 - December 1 [6] KCTU 2006.12.02 164783
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