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: November-December 2004 [1] KCTU 2005.01.04 121317
» CLC-KCTU Joint Statement on Korea-Canada Free Trade Agreements KCTU 2007.12.14 121304
37 KCTU Monthly News - April 2004 [1] KCTU 2004.04.24 121285
36 KCTU Monthly News : April Edition 2005 [2] KCTU 2005.04.13 121275
35 Written Statement for Human Rights Council on Migrant Workers Rights in South Korea KCTU 2008.08.02 121263
34 Petition to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea on Burma Shwe Gas Project KCTU 2008.08.02 121221
33 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - the Second Edition of 2008 KCTU 2008.04.14 121183
32 KCTU Policy Paper on the KORUS FTA KCTU 2006.08.02 121169
31 ICFTU/TUAC/GUFs Mission Report on the Labour Rights Situation in Korea KCTU 2006.09.22 121140
30 KCTU Presentation Paper in the April Joint Action Week against the EU FTAs KCTU 2008.04.14 121109
29 STATEMENT FROM WORKERS KCTU 2006.10.24 121099
28 KCTU Monthly News: September-October 2004 [1] KCTU 2004.11.05 120995
27 2007-June- ILO CFA Report on Korean Case(#1865) KCTU 2007.06.27 120983
26 KCTU Monthly News - July 2004 [3] KCTU 2004.08.13 120958
25 KCTU Monthly News - May 2004 [2] KCTU 2004.06.23 120947
24 [ARTUC] Global Restructuring and Trade Union Strategy [1] KCTU 2004.03.17 120940
23 KCTU Report : Understanding the Actual Situation of Labor Rights in South Korea, Feb. 2007 KCTU 2007.02.22 120934
22 KCTU Monthly News: August-September 2004 [2] KCTU 2004.12.22 120930
21 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - the First Edition of 2008 KCTU 2008.03.04 120907
20 Protest Letter to Arroyo, Filipino Government on Nov 16 KCTU 2006.11.30 120863
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