[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
79 KCTU Brief on Labour Rights Situation in South Korea [17] admin 2009.06.09 434160
78 ILO CFA Conclusion and Recommendations on the case of MTU(Case No. 2620) [18] KCTU 2009.04.07 190289
77 Press Statement of Global Unions Mission to South Korea-Feb.2009 [14] KCTU 2009.03.05 171730
76 Brief on Labor Rights in South Korea - Feb. 2009 [16] KCTU 2009.03.05 166515
75 NGO Report : Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in South Korea [14] KCTU 2009.02.16 167563
74 KCTU Organizing Strategy of Migrant Workers in South Korea [17] KCTU 2008.11.12 167561
73 Petition to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea on Burma Shwe Gas Project [12] KCTU 2008.08.02 167496
72 Written Statement for Human Rights Council on Migrant Workers Rights in South Korea [13] KCTU 2008.08.02 167283
71 KCTU-MTU Presentation Paper for the Side Event on Rising Repression against the Migrant Workers [14] KCTU 2008.08.02 167942
70 Dump Truck Drivers on Strike over Implementation of New Construction Equipment Legislation [15] KCTU 2008.07.15 167568
69 KCTU Presentation Paper in the April Joint Action Week against the EU FTAs [11] KCTU 2008.04.14 167667
68 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - the Second Edition of 2008 [32] KCTU 2008.04.14 174172
67 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - the First Edition of 2008 [13] KCTU 2008.03.04 168054
66 CLC-KCTU Joint Statement on Korea-Canada Free Trade Agreements [12] KCTU 2007.12.14 167584
65 KCTU International Conference for Migrant Workers Rights [14] KCTU 2007.11.01 167494
64 [Joint Statement] We denounce the political killings and suppression of workers in the Philippines! [11] KCTU 2007.08.10 168223
63 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - July, 2007 [12] KCTU 2007.08.10 164608
62 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - June, 2007 [12] KCTU 2007.07.09 163785
61 No FTA Newsletter : Official News of the Korean Alliance Against the Korea-U.S. FTA [12] KCTU 2007.06.29 164688
60 2007-June- ILO CFA Report on Korean Case(#1865) [12] KCTU 2007.06.27 168096
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