[Statement, 4th September 2003, KCTU]

Statement of KCTU Concerning the Government's "Roadmap for Industrial Relations Reform"


1. The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) strongly warns that the "Roadmap for Industrial Relations Reform (hereafter, Roadmap)" of the Korean government announced on 4th September is nothing other than a roadmap that seeks to advance counteraction rights of employers while ignoring the core problems needed for reformation of industrial relations, one that will deteriorate industrial relations and aggravate industrial conflicts.
The KCTU cannot help but be concerned that unless the government makes an effort to revive the fallen confidence in its labour policies, goes back to the first intentions it had when it came into power, makes proposals that will achieve the balance of industrial power, the relationships between workers and the government and that with the employers can only be pushed into severe direct confrontation.

2. After making an overall assessment of the contents of the "Roadmap", we cannot but be appalled. Saying that it is an advancement of industrial relations when in fact it is a medicine for businesses, poison for workers is same as proclaiming that the Roh Moo-Hyun government is giving up prospects of any reform in labour policy. It is nothing other than a proclamation that it will return to the pro-business policies that are even worse than those of previous regimes.

Firstly, the Roadmap is filled with contents that make dismissals easier, strikes more difficult, while greatly strengthening counteraction rights of employers in order to weaken trade unions.

The clauses of the so-called "counteraction rights of employers" of the Roadmap will:

Make dismissals easier by:
Total 99
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79 KCTU Organizing Strategy of Migrant Workers in South Korea [8] KCTU 2008.11.12 158197
78 ICFTU/TUAC/GUFs Mission Report on the Labour Rights Situation in Korea [4] KCTU 2006.09.22 158264
77 KCTU-MTU Presentation Paper for the Side Event on Rising Repression against the Migrant Workers [9] KCTU 2008.08.02 158303
76 KCTU Presentation Paper in the April Joint Action Week against the EU FTAs [5] KCTU 2008.04.14 158306
75 CLC-KCTU Joint Statement on Korea-Canada Free Trade Agreements [5] KCTU 2007.12.14 158329
74 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - the First Edition of 2008 [7] KCTU 2008.03.04 158464
73 National Human Rights Commission of Korea Release Statement Regarding Death of Ha Joong Keun [5] KCTU 2006.12.03 158488
72 KCTU General Strike Newsletter #4 - December 1 [5] KCTU 2006.12.02 158557
71 Petition to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea on Burma Shwe Gas Project [6] KCTU 2008.08.02 158581
70 KCTU Policy Paper on the KORUS FTA [4] KCTU 2006.08.02 158698
69 KCTU Report to the UN Human Rights Committee [5] KCTU 2006.10.23 158709
68 Dump Truck Drivers on Strike over Implementation of New Construction Equipment Legislation [7] KCTU 2008.07.15 158790
67 KCTU Monthly News : March Edition 2005 [5] KCTU 2005.03.10 158825
66 KCTU Monthly News: September-October 2004 [6] KCTU 2004.11.05 159177
65 2007-June- ILO CFA Report on Korean Case(#1865) [6] KCTU 2007.06.27 159250
64 [ARTUSC] NEOLIBERALISME AND LABOUR IMPOVERISHMENT [4] KCTU 2004.03.17 159269
63 KCTU Monthly News - July 2004 [4] KCTU 2004.08.13 159274
62 KCTU Monthly News : August Edition, 2005 [12] KCTU 2005.09.05 159302
61 [ARTUSC] The Impact of Neo-liberal Globalization: Irregular jobs, informal sector work [6] KCTU 2004.03.17 159422
60 Recent Situation of Labour Laws and industrial relations in Korea 2005 [6] KCTU 2005.02.17 159514
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