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The following is the speech paper by Jin Young-Ok, Vice-President of KCTU during the founding congress of ITUC.

Thank you Chair


I would like to extend warm greetings of solidarity on behalf of more than 15 million workers in South Korea on this historic occasion.

First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for your consistent interest and solidarity for the improvement of the labor right situation and calling for an end to trade union repression in South Korea. We recognize the significant role the international community such as the ILO plays in pressuring for improvement of labor standards. It is as a result of this pressure and the solidarity provided by everyone of you that we, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions are here at this Founding Congress. So we hope that ITUC can continue to organize mutual support and solidarity amongst its members to challenge the neo liberal globalization. We the KCTU pledge to be part of this challenge utilizing our past experiences and mobilizing our strength..

Trade union and human rights are threatened by neoliberal globalization. The WTO and international financial institutions such as the IMF have already deprived thousands of workers and their families many things such as rights to access to clean water, public services, quality health care, and decent work. The DOHA development agenda has already failed. Even its proclaimed objective to promote "development" in the South is no longer a reality. So, we do not want the WTO or an FTA. We want a labor friendly and equal globalization based on new internationalism. In this process, the ILO's role should be more emphasized and be an effective measure to defend and promote international labor standards and the last resort for defending trade union rights.

In spite of the significance of the ILO, I would to like to denounce any government that neglects the authority and legal capacity of the ILO. The Committee on the Freedom of Association of the ILO has made 13 recommendations to the South Korean government to bring labor laws and industrial relations systems in line with international standards. However, the government has never implemented these recommendations legally and practically. Instead, the government has chosen to intensify trade union rights repression.

Even during the ILO Asian Regional Meeting which was held in Busan, South Korea this year, the government forcibly closed the local union offices of the Korean Government Employees Union. The government continued its efforts to systematically destroy the KGEU by launching a nation-wide raid of KGEU local union offices on September 22.

In addition, on September 11, the South Korean government decided to postpone union pluralism at the enterprise level for another three years under the excuse of needing a transition period and avoiding social disruption.
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No. Subject Name Regdate Hits
19 Protest Letter to Arroyo, Filipino Government on Nov 16 [3] KCTU 2006.11.30 136870
18 National Human Rights Commission of Korea Release Statement Regarding Death of Ha Joong Keun [2] KCTU 2006.12.03 136867
17 KCTU Organizing Strategy of Migrant Workers in South Korea [4] KCTU 2008.11.12 136817
16 ICFTU/TUAC/GUFs Mission Report on the Labour Rights Situation in Korea [2] KCTU 2006.09.22 136815
15 [Joint Statement] We denounce the political killings and suppression of workers in the Philippines! [4] KCTU 2007.08.10 136711
14 NGO Report : Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in South Korea [4] KCTU 2009.02.16 135454
13 Brief on Labor Rights in South Korea - Feb. 2009 [4] KCTU 2009.03.05 135372
12 Report of Trade Union Repression in South Korea [2] KCTU 2006.11.13 134836
11 Summary Paper on the 'Roadmap' for the advancement of industrial relations [2] KCTU 2006.10.09 134786
10 Why We Are Here : Voice of the Korean People on the Korea-Us FTA [3] KCTU 2006.06.13 134478
9 Joint Statement on Daewoo International's Suspicious Illegal Exports of Defense Indutry Materials [2] KCTU 2006.09.29 134011
8 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - July, 2007 [3] KCTU 2007.08.10 133525
7 No FTA Newsletter : Official News of the Korean Alliance Against the Korea-U.S. FTA [5] KCTU 2007.06.29 133451
6 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - June, 2007 [4] KCTU 2007.07.09 132598
5 Documents of Workshop on the Current Developments Regarding Industrial Relations in South Korea [3] KCTU 2007.05.09 131734
4 US Congress Letter on Labour Rights Situation in South Korea, March 2007 [2] KCTU 2007.04.13 131322
3 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - April, 2007 [3] KCTU 2007.05.09 131099
2 KCTU Monthly Newsletter - March, 2007 [3] KCTU 2007.04.13 130488
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