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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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79 KCTU Monthly News : April Edition 2005 [6] KCTU 2005.04.13 166481
78 KCTU Presentation Paper in the April Joint Action Week against the EU FTAs [6] KCTU 2008.04.14 166492
77 Petition to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea on Burma Shwe Gas Project [7] KCTU 2008.08.02 166513
76 KCTU Monthly News - July 2004 [6] KCTU 2004.08.13 166548
75 CLC-KCTU Joint Statement on Korea-Canada Free Trade Agreements [7] KCTU 2007.12.14 166563
74 Dump Truck Drivers on Strike over Implementation of New Construction Equipment Legislation [10] KCTU 2008.07.15 166573
73 KCTU Monthly News : March Edition 2005 [6] KCTU 2005.03.10 166586
72 KCTU Report to the UN Human Rights Committee [6] KCTU 2006.10.23 166678
71 STATEMENT FROM WORKERS [6] KCTU 2006.10.24 166680
70 ICFTU/TUAC/GUFs Mission Report on the Labour Rights Situation in Korea [6] KCTU 2006.09.22 166710
69 National Human Rights Commission of Korea Release Statement Regarding Death of Ha Joong Keun [6] KCTU 2006.12.03 166748
68 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - the First Edition of 2008 [8] KCTU 2008.03.04 166758
67 KCTU General Strike Newsletter #4 - December 1 [6] KCTU 2006.12.02 166806
66 KCTU Policy Paper on the KORUS FTA [10] KCTU 2006.08.02 166829
» Protest Letter to J.W. Howard, Australian Government, Nov 30 [6] KCTU 2006.11.30 166881
64 2007-June- ILO CFA Report on Korean Case(#1865) [7] KCTU 2007.06.27 167061
63 KCTU Monthly News : August Edition, 2005 [13] KCTU 2005.09.05 167067
62 [Joint Statement] We denounce the political killings and suppression of workers in the Philippines! [6] KCTU 2007.08.10 167223
61 KCTU Monthly News: September-October 2004 [7] KCTU 2004.11.05 167254
60 Recent Situation of Labour Laws and industrial relations in Korea 2005 [6] KCTU 2005.02.17 167540
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