[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 KCTU Monthly News : August Edition, 2005 update [18] KCTU 2005.09.05 167377
38 KCTU Monthly News : June-July Edition(Part Two) update [15] KCTU 2005.07.29 180127
37 KCTU Monthly News : June-July Edition(Part One) update [40] KCTU 2005.07.19 168715
36 KCTU Monthly News : May Edition 2005 update [15] KCTU 2005.05.20 169977
35 KCTU Monthly News : April Edition 2005 update [12] KCTU 2005.04.13 166801
34 KCTU Monthly News : March Edition 2005 update [12] KCTU 2005.03.10 166892
33 Recent Situation of Labour Laws and industrial relations in Korea 2005 update [12] KCTU 2005.02.17 167885
32 KCTU Monthly News: November-December 2004 update [12] KCTU 2005.01.04 168345
31 KCTU Monthly News: August-September 2004 update [12] KCTU 2004.12.22 168010
30 KCTU Monthly News: September-October 2004 update [12] KCTU 2004.11.05 167643
29 KCTU Monthly News - July 2004 update [11] KCTU 2004.08.13 166948
28 KCTU Monthly News - June update [785] KCTU 2004.07.20 268199
27 KCTU Monthly News - May 2004 update [10] KCTU 2004.06.23 168407
26 KCTU Monthly News - April 2004 update [9] KCTU 2004.04.24 168076
25 [ARTUC] Global Restructuring and Trade Union Strategy update [10] KCTU 2004.03.17 169054
24 [ARTUSC] NEOLIBERALISME AND LABOUR IMPOVERISHMENT update [11] KCTU 2004.03.17 167933
23 [ARTUSC] Globalisation and Militarisation update [24] KCTU 2004.03.17 323768
22 [ARTUSC] The Impact of Neo-liberal Globalization: Irregular jobs, informal sector work [9] KCTU 2004.03.17 168113
21 KCTU Monthly News(March, 2004) update [9] KCTU 2004.03.17 169470
20 [ARTUSC] The Case of TNCs in Korea update [17] KCTU 2003.11.13 210568
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