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 [ARTUSC] Opening Address : For the Unity and Solidarity of Asian Worekrs [13] KCTU 2003.11.12 174727
» [ARTUSC] Struggles of KCTU against Neoliberal Restructuring after Economic Crisis, and Perspectives [15] KCTU 2003.11.12 175070
37 [ARTUSC] The Reality of Women Migrant Workers in South Korea and Recommendations to Improve.. [14] KCTU 2003.11.13 177388
36 [ARTUSC] The All Japan Dockworkers Union Anti-War and Anti-Deregulations Movements [14] KCTU 2003.11.13 178355
35 KCTU Monthly News : June-July Edition(Part Two) [15] KCTU 2005.07.29 180723
34 Flexibilization of Labor and the Future of the Trade Union Movement [14] KCTU 2003.10.09 182725
33 Report on Women Workers in Korea [19] KCTU 2003.10.07 184467
32 [ARTUSC]The Role of Asian Trade Unions in Developing a Democratic and Progressive International Trad [13] KCTU 2003.11.12 185452
31 The KCTU Movement's 5 year Plan [23] KCTU 2003.08.14 185891
30 Statement on the government's "Roadmap for Industrial Relations Reform" [13] KCTU 2003.10.18 186574
29 Three Years of President Kim Dae Jung: the impact of neoliberal Nobel Peace Laureate update [24] KCTU 2003.06.24 186766
28 What is the National Education Information System and its problems? [13] KCTU 2003.06.25 188563
27 Statement on Results of Seoul G20 Summit : Great Boast, Small Roast [24] KCTU 2011.02.08 189617
26 [ARTUSC] Final Statement and Action Plan of the Asian Regional Trade Union Solidarity Conference [13] KCTU 2003.11.12 190279
25 ILO CFA Conclusion and Recommendations on the case of MTU(Case No. 2620) [18] KCTU 2009.04.07 190399
24 Joint Declaration Concerning the G20 Summit in Seoul [16] KCTU 2010.11.30 193930
23 Trade Unions Proposal for Improvements of TULRAA [101] KCTU 2013.02.14 197760
22 NGO Report on the Situation of Freedom of Opinion and Expression in the Republic of Korea since 2008 [34] KCTU 2010.05.13 201648
21 [ARTUSC] The HKCTUs Strategy in Response to the Neoliberal Globalisation [28] KCTU 2003.11.13 208638
20 Joint Statement of Korean Trade Unions on the UNFCCC COP16, Cancun [24] KCTU 2010.12.02 211563
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