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November 30


Rt. Hon. J W Howard MHR
Prime Minister
Parliament House
Canberra
ACT 2600
AUSTRALIA

Hand delivered to Australian Embassy in South Korea

Dear Mr Howard

On behalf of the more than 800,000 members of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions in South Korea, we are writing to express our deep concerns about the direction your government is taking regarding fundamental labour rights in Australia.

Internationally, Australia has always been viewed as a country that earnestly upholds labour laws in accordance to international standards and where workers were respected. Many of our affiliates such as the Korean Metal Workers Federation, Korean Government Employees Union, and the Korean Federation of Construction Industry Trade Unions have had bilateral relations with their Australian counterparts for a number of years. Through these exchanges, South Korean workers began to cite Australia as one country, where workers were ensure basic labour rights, something that South Korean workers have been struggling for a number of years. However, it is clear that this is no longer the case.

Exactly one year ago, your administration introduced repressive new labour laws that are a threat to the livelihood of Australian workers and reduces the fundamental labour rights of Australian workers. Despite overwhelming opposition form the trade union movement, inter-faith organizations, and civil society groups, your government chose to introduce laws that would basically represent the most serious breach of labour standards anywhere in the industrialised world.

It is our understanding that provisions in the new laws make it more and more difficult for Australian workers to maintain their wages and working conditions, rights which they have fought so hard for many years. The new laws would give primacy to individual contracts in the form of
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59 Bro. Jo Jun-Ho's Speech at the 95th ILC, June 2006 KCTU 2006.06.13 123822
58 KCTU Policy Paper on the KORUS FTA KCTU 2006.08.02 123529
57 KCTU Flyer for the ILO Conference, June 2006 KCTU 2006.08.05 123552
56 ICFTU/TUAC/GUFs Mission Report on the Labour Rights Situation in Korea KCTU 2006.09.22 123736
55 Joint Statement on Daewoo International's Suspicious Illegal Exports of Defense Indutry Materials KCTU 2006.09.29 119508
54 Summary Paper on the 'Roadmap' for the advancement of industrial relations KCTU 2006.10.09 120332
53 KCTU Report to the UN Human Rights Committee KCTU 2006.10.23 123876
52 STATEMENT FROM WORKERS KCTU 2006.10.24 123707
51 KCTU Representative's Speech at Founding Congress of ITUC KCTU 2006.11.09 115587
50 Report of Trade Union Repression in South Korea KCTU 2006.11.13 120350
49 Protest Letter to Arroyo, Filipino Government on Nov 16 KCTU 2006.11.30 123742
» Protest Letter to J.W. Howard, Australian Government, Nov 30 KCTU 2006.11.30 124282
47 KCTU General Strike Newsletter #4 - December 1 KCTU 2006.12.02 123707
46 National Human Rights Commission of Korea Release Statement Regarding Death of Ha Joong Keun KCTU 2006.12.03 123892
45 KCTU Report : Understanding the Actual Situation of Labor Rights in South Korea, Feb. 2007 KCTU 2007.02.22 123679
44 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - March, 2007 KCTU 2007.04.13 116015
43 US Congress Letter on Labour Rights Situation in South Korea, March 2007 KCTU 2007.04.13 116887
42 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - April, 2007 [1] KCTU 2007.05.09 116166
41 Documents of Workshop on the Current Developments Regarding Industrial Relations in South Korea KCTU 2007.05.09 116387
40 2007-June- ILO CFA Report on Korean Case(#1865) KCTU 2007.06.27 123348
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