[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:
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36 KCTU Monthly News : August Edition, 2005 [12] KCTU 2005.09.05 165913
35 2007-June- ILO CFA Report on Korean Case(#1865) [7] KCTU 2007.06.27 165859
34 KCTU Policy Paper on the KORUS FTA [10] KCTU 2006.08.02 165749
33 ICFTU/TUAC/GUFs Mission Report on the Labour Rights Situation in Korea [6] KCTU 2006.09.22 165679
32 STATEMENT FROM WORKERS [6] KCTU 2006.10.24 165547
31 KCTU Report to the UN Human Rights Committee [6] KCTU 2006.10.23 165493
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24 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - the First Edition of 2008 [8] KCTU 2008.03.04 165359
23 CLC-KCTU Joint Statement on Korea-Canada Free Trade Agreements [7] KCTU 2007.12.14 165358
22 KCTU Flyer for the ILO Conference, June 2006 [6] KCTU 2006.08.05 165248
21 KCTU Monthly News : March Edition 2005 [5] KCTU 2005.03.10 165236
20 KCTU-MTU Presentation Paper for the Side Event on Rising Repression against the Migrant Workers [9] KCTU 2008.08.02 165212
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