JOINT STATEMENT  ON CANADA KOREA TRADE NEGOTIATIONS

On the eve of the 12th round of negotiations between Canada and Korea for a trade deal, the Canadian Labour Congress and Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, representing over four million workers in both countries, call on our respective governments to immediately halt these trade talks.

This deal is wrong for workers in both countries.  It puts corporate profits ahead of the needs and interests of working people in both Canada and Korea.  It will damage Canada's manufacturing sector, which is already in crisis because of shifting global production and the soaring dollar.  Canada has lost more than 300,000 manufacturing jobs since 2002.  These have not been off-set by comparable new jobs, paying decent wages and benefits.  The Korean manufacturing sector will also be adversely affected. The trend towards irregular and precarious employment (already at 54% of the labour force) will only intensify as a result of such a trade deal.

In light of the serious manufacturing crisis, the devastating deterioration of Canada's automotive trade balance, as well as the serious risks facing the Korean agricultural sector posed by this agreement, we call on our respective governments to halt trade negotiations.  A process of real consultation with citizens must take place - one that will lead to an economic development strategy that will build our societies, rather than pit worker against worker.

By following the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) model,  the governments of both countries plan to entrench corporate rights at the expense of workers
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39 ICFTU/TUAC/GUFs Mission Report on the Labour Rights Situation in Korea KCTU 2006.09.22 113724
38 KCTU International Conference for Migrant Workers Rights KCTU 2007.11.01 113714
37 [ARTUSC] NEOLIBERALISME AND LABOUR IMPOVERISHMENT KCTU 2004.03.17 113710
36 KCTU Flyer for the ILO Conference, June 2006 KCTU 2006.08.05 113616
» CLC-KCTU Joint Statement on Korea-Canada Free Trade Agreements KCTU 2007.12.14 113614
34 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - the First Edition of 2008 KCTU 2008.03.04 113589
33 KCTU-MTU Presentation Paper for the Side Event on Rising Repression against the Migrant Workers KCTU 2008.08.02 113580
32 Dump Truck Drivers on Strike over Implementation of New Construction Equipment Legislation KCTU 2008.07.15 113545
31 2007-June- ILO CFA Report on Korean Case(#1865) KCTU 2007.06.27 113543
30 KCTU Monthly News - July 2004 KCTU 2004.08.13 113515
29 STATEMENT FROM WORKERS KCTU 2006.10.24 113512
28 Bro. Jo Jun-Ho's Speech at the 95th ILC, June 2006 KCTU 2006.06.13 113482
27 Recent Situation of Labour Laws and industrial relations in Korea 2005 KCTU 2005.02.17 113433
26 KCTU Organizing Strategy of Migrant Workers in South Korea KCTU 2008.11.12 113362
25 KCTU General Strike Newsletter #4 - December 1 KCTU 2006.12.02 113357
24 KCTU Report to the UN Human Rights Committee KCTU 2006.10.23 113344
23 Protest Letter to Arroyo, Filipino Government on Nov 16 KCTU 2006.11.30 113326
22 KCTU Monthly News: August-September 2004 KCTU 2004.12.22 113315
21 KCTU Monthly News: September-October 2004 KCTU 2004.11.05 113312
20 KCTU Monthly News: November-December 2004 KCTU 2005.01.04 113272
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