[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:
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97 The KCTU Movement's 5 year Plan [6] KCTU 2003.08.14 115453
96 Report on Women Workers in Korea KCTU 2003.10.07 117267
95 Flexibilization of Labor and the Future of the Trade Union Movement KCTU 2003.10.09 117819
» Statement on the government's "Roadmap for Industrial Relations Reform" KCTU 2003.10.18 119631
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92 [ARTUSC] Final Statement and Action Plan of the Asian Regional Trade Union Solidarity Conference KCTU 2003.11.12 122440
91 [ARTUSC] Opening Address : For the Unity and Solidarity of Asian Worekrs KCTU 2003.11.12 108975
90 [ARTUSC] Challenges of the Southeast Asian Trade Unions against the Regionalisation of Capital KCTU 2003.11.12 103136
89 [ARTUSC]Trade Unions and Solidarity with People/Social movement Sectors KCTU 2003.11.12 104458
88 [ARTUSC]The Role of Asian Trade Unions in Developing a Democratic and Progressive International Trad KCTU 2003.11.12 119001
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86 [ARTUSC] Pax Americana under US military domination and the tasks before the Peace Movement in Asia KCTU 2003.11.13 104146
85 [ARTUSC] Japanese Militarization Trends and the Korean Peninsula Crisis, Trade Unions Response KCTU 2003.11.13 103206
84 [ARTUSC] Anti-War Struggle and the Trade Union Movement KCTU 2003.11.13 101558
83 [ARTUSC] The All Japan Dockworkers Union Anti-War and Anti-Deregulations Movements KCTU 2003.11.13 107424
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