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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No. Subject Name Regdate Hits
39 KCTU-MTU Presentation Paper for the Side Event on Rising Repression against the Migrant Workers [1] KCTU 2008.08.02 128074
38 KCTU Monthly News - July 2004 [3] KCTU 2004.08.13 128056
37 ICFTU/TUAC/GUFs Mission Report on the Labour Rights Situation in Korea [2] KCTU 2006.09.22 128037
36 KCTU Monthly News: August-September 2004 [2] KCTU 2004.12.22 128012
35 STATEMENT FROM WORKERS [1] KCTU 2006.10.24 128007
34 National Human Rights Commission of Korea Release Statement Regarding Death of Ha Joong Keun [1] KCTU 2006.12.03 127999
33 [ARTUC] Global Restructuring and Trade Union Strategy [2] KCTU 2004.03.17 127998
32 KCTU Monthly News : April Edition 2005 [2] KCTU 2005.04.13 127987
31 KCTU Monthly News: September-October 2004 [2] KCTU 2004.11.05 127985
30 KCTU Report : Understanding the Actual Situation of Labor Rights in South Korea, Feb. 2007 [1] KCTU 2007.02.22 127981
29 KCTU Monthly News: November-December 2004 [2] KCTU 2005.01.04 127942
28 KCTU Organizing Strategy of Migrant Workers in South Korea [1] KCTU 2008.11.12 127923
27 KCTU Monthly News : August Edition, 2005 [2] KCTU 2005.09.05 127899
26 Written Statement for Human Rights Council on Migrant Workers Rights in South Korea [1] KCTU 2008.08.02 127898
25 [ARTUSC] NEOLIBERALISME AND LABOUR IMPOVERISHMENT [3] KCTU 2004.03.17 127882
24 KCTU International Conference for Migrant Workers Rights [1] KCTU 2007.11.01 127855
23 KCTU Monthly News - May 2004 [2] KCTU 2004.06.23 127855
22 KCTU Monthly News - April 2004 [2] KCTU 2004.04.24 127844
21 KCTU Flyer for the ILO Conference, June 2006 [1] KCTU 2006.08.05 127836
20 KCTU Monthly News : March Edition 2005 [3] KCTU 2005.03.10 127804
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