[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:
Total 99
No. Subject Name Regdate Hits
39 No FTA Newsletter : Official News of the Korean Alliance Against the Korea-U.S. FTA [12] KCTU 2007.06.29 164280
38 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - June, 2007 [12] KCTU 2007.07.09 163388
37 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - July, 2007 [12] KCTU 2007.08.10 164214
36 [Joint Statement] We denounce the political killings and suppression of workers in the Philippines! [11] KCTU 2007.08.10 168046
35 KCTU International Conference for Migrant Workers Rights [12] KCTU 2007.11.01 167273
34 CLC-KCTU Joint Statement on Korea-Canada Free Trade Agreements [12] KCTU 2007.12.14 167336
33 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - the First Edition of 2008 [13] KCTU 2008.03.04 167830
32 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - the Second Edition of 2008 [32] KCTU 2008.04.14 173763
31 KCTU Presentation Paper in the April Joint Action Week against the EU FTAs [11] KCTU 2008.04.14 167401
30 Dump Truck Drivers on Strike over Implementation of New Construction Equipment Legislation [15] KCTU 2008.07.15 167332
29 KCTU-MTU Presentation Paper for the Side Event on Rising Repression against the Migrant Workers [14] KCTU 2008.08.02 167724
28 Written Statement for Human Rights Council on Migrant Workers Rights in South Korea [13] KCTU 2008.08.02 167061
27 Petition to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea on Burma Shwe Gas Project [12] KCTU 2008.08.02 167302
26 KCTU Organizing Strategy of Migrant Workers in South Korea [17] KCTU 2008.11.12 167359
25 NGO Report : Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in South Korea [14] KCTU 2009.02.16 167151
24 Brief on Labor Rights in South Korea - Feb. 2009 [16] KCTU 2009.03.05 166136
23 Press Statement of Global Unions Mission to South Korea-Feb.2009 [14] KCTU 2009.03.05 171581
22 ILO CFA Conclusion and Recommendations on the case of MTU(Case No. 2620) [18] KCTU 2009.04.07 190129
21 KCTU Brief on Labour Rights Situation in South Korea [17] admin 2009.06.09 433925
20 KCTU Ploicy Paper on Discrimination against Women Workers [28] admin 2009.07.08 261783
XE Login