JOINT STATEMENT  ON CANADA KOREA TRADE NEGOTIATIONS

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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78 KCTU Flyer for the ILO Conference, June 2006 [11] KCTU 2006.08.05 172195
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76 [Joint Statement] We denounce the political killings and suppression of workers in the Philippines! [13] KCTU 2007.08.10 172280
75 KCTU-MTU Presentation Paper for the Side Event on Rising Repression against the Migrant Workers [16] KCTU 2008.08.02 172304
74 STATEMENT FROM WORKERS [11] KCTU 2006.10.24 172366
73 2007-June- ILO CFA Report on Korean Case(#1865) update [14] KCTU 2007.06.27 172422
72 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - the First Edition of 2008 [14] KCTU 2008.03.04 172644
71 Report of Trade Union Repression in South Korea [11] KCTU 2006.11.13 172715
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» CLC-KCTU Joint Statement on Korea-Canada Free Trade Agreements [13] KCTU 2007.12.14 172956
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62 KCTU General Strike Newsletter #4 - December 1 [11] KCTU 2006.12.02 174350
61 KCTU Monthly News: August-September 2004 [14] KCTU 2004.12.22 174356
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