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 KCTU Monthly News - April 2004 KCTU 2004.04.24 104344
38 KCTU-MTU Presentation Paper for the Side Event on Rising Repression against the Migrant Workers KCTU 2008.08.02 104337
» CLC-KCTU Joint Statement on Korea-Canada Free Trade Agreements KCTU 2007.12.14 104330
36 KCTU Monthly News: September-October 2004 KCTU 2004.11.05 104327
35 Written Statement for Human Rights Council on Migrant Workers Rights in South Korea KCTU 2008.08.02 104317
34 KCTU General Strike Newsletter #4 - December 1 KCTU 2006.12.02 104315
33 KCTU Monthly News: August-September 2004 KCTU 2004.12.22 104307
32 KCTU Report to the UN Human Rights Committee KCTU 2006.10.23 104306
31 KCTU Monthly News - July 2004 KCTU 2004.08.13 104295
30 [ARTUC] Global Restructuring and Trade Union Strategy KCTU 2004.03.17 104289
29 Petition to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea on Burma Shwe Gas Project KCTU 2008.08.02 104264
28 KCTU Report : Understanding the Actual Situation of Labor Rights in South Korea, Feb. 2007 KCTU 2007.02.22 104240
27 KCTU Monthly News : March Edition 2005 KCTU 2005.03.10 104221
26 KCTU Monthly News - June [2] KCTU 2004.07.20 104201
25 KCTU Monthly News : August Edition, 2005 KCTU 2005.09.05 104198
24 KCTU Monthly News : June-July Edition(Part One) KCTU 2005.07.19 104193
22 KCTU Organizing Strategy of Migrant Workers in South Korea KCTU 2008.11.12 104178
21 Protest Letter to Arroyo, Filipino Government on Nov 16 KCTU 2006.11.30 104165
20 KCTU Presentation Paper in the April Joint Action Week against the EU FTAs KCTU 2008.04.14 104159
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