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November 30


Rt. Hon. J W Howard MHR
Prime Minister
Parliament House
Canberra
ACT 2600
AUSTRALIA

Hand delivered to Australian Embassy in South Korea

Dear Mr Howard

On behalf of the more than 800,000 members of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions in South Korea, we are writing to express our deep concerns about the direction your government is taking regarding fundamental labour rights in Australia.

Internationally, Australia has always been viewed as a country that earnestly upholds labour laws in accordance to international standards and where workers were respected. Many of our affiliates such as the Korean Metal Workers Federation, Korean Government Employees Union, and the Korean Federation of Construction Industry Trade Unions have had bilateral relations with their Australian counterparts for a number of years. Through these exchanges, South Korean workers began to cite Australia as one country, where workers were ensure basic labour rights, something that South Korean workers have been struggling for a number of years. However, it is clear that this is no longer the case.

Exactly one year ago, your administration introduced repressive new labour laws that are a threat to the livelihood of Australian workers and reduces the fundamental labour rights of Australian workers. Despite overwhelming opposition form the trade union movement, inter-faith organizations, and civil society groups, your government chose to introduce laws that would basically represent the most serious breach of labour standards anywhere in the industrialised world.

It is our understanding that provisions in the new laws make it more and more difficult for Australian workers to maintain their wages and working conditions, rights which they have fought so hard for many years. The new laws would give primacy to individual contracts in the form of
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99 KCTU Representative's Speech at Founding Congress of ITUC [5] KCTU 2006.11.09 153802
98 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - March, 2007 [6] KCTU 2007.04.13 153973
97 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - April, 2007 [6] KCTU 2007.05.09 154635
96 US Congress Letter on Labour Rights Situation in South Korea, March 2007 [6] KCTU 2007.04.13 155040
95 Documents of Workshop on the Current Developments Regarding Industrial Relations in South Korea [6] KCTU 2007.05.09 156037
94 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - June, 2007 [7] KCTU 2007.07.09 156787
93 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - July, 2007 [7] KCTU 2007.08.10 157608
92 No FTA Newsletter : Official News of the Korean Alliance Against the Korea-U.S. FTA [7] KCTU 2007.06.29 157688
91 Joint Statement on Daewoo International's Suspicious Illegal Exports of Defense Indutry Materials [5] KCTU 2006.09.29 158067
90 Summary Paper on the 'Roadmap' for the advancement of industrial relations [5] KCTU 2006.10.09 158659
89 Why We Are Here : Voice of the Korean People on the Korea-Us FTA [6] KCTU 2006.06.13 159040
88 Report of Trade Union Repression in South Korea [6] KCTU 2006.11.13 159176
87 Brief on Labor Rights in South Korea - Feb. 2009 [8] KCTU 2009.03.05 159410
86 NGO Report : Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in South Korea [7] KCTU 2009.02.16 160354
85 KCTU Flyer for the ILO Conference, June 2006 [6] KCTU 2006.08.05 161999
84 STATEMENT FROM WORKERS [6] KCTU 2006.10.24 162012
83 ICFTU/TUAC/GUFs Mission Report on the Labour Rights Situation in Korea [5] KCTU 2006.09.22 162106
82 CLC-KCTU Joint Statement on Korea-Canada Free Trade Agreements [6] KCTU 2007.12.14 162106
81 KCTU Report : Understanding the Actual Situation of Labor Rights in South Korea, Feb. 2007 [5] KCTU 2007.02.22 162136
80 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - the First Edition of 2008 [8] KCTU 2008.03.04 162195
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