Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU)

Newsletter

September, 2010

 

 

 

KCTU Calls for international participation in People’s Week of Collective Action protesting G20 Seoul Summit

November 6~12, 2010, SEOUL, KOREA

 

The global economic crisis of 2007~2009 revealed of the failure of neoliberal globalization having been dominated the world for decades. This made possible financial capitals flowing every corner of the world and maximize their profit through speculation while workers in the world experienced insecurity of employment and erosion of labour rights. This also worsened the crisis of climate, energy, food. Now it is said that the global economy is beginning to recover but the crisis is never overcome fundamentally yet. As the crisis in private (financial) sector spread into public (fiscal) sector, its scale and breadth are getting larger. More importantly, the tenuous recovery of the global economy was paid for by the people, not by those who are really responsible for the crisis. This is neither just nor sustainable. The G20, the self-described new forum for global governance, has never dealt with the real problems, such as, neoliberalism, power of financial capitals, global inequality and social crisis. Far from eliminating the real cause of the crisis, it has tried to save and stabilize the existing system, reviving the ailing IMF and other IFIs which has imposed the neoliberal globalization and structural adjustment in every country and has big responsibility for the crisis.

 

The head of the host government of the next G20 Summit, President Lee Myung-bak is going opposite way from the real solution. For example, instead of strengthening regulation on the financial sector he introduced further deregulation permitting universal banking system. Instead of putting decent work at the heart of the recovery and growth, he is promoting proliferation of precarious jobs and insecurity of employment. In addition to this, the government is mobilizing every means of violating basic labour rights and suppressing trade union activities. At the international stage, he is trying to give legitimacy to the G20 by put “development issue” as one of the main agenda of the summit. However, the idea is very problematic in that it is exclusively based on growth; development infrastructure, private investment, financial inclusion, etc. Under the guise of development, they are to increase demand in developing countries in order to prevent further slow-down of growth of global economy after crisis.

 

Against this backdrop, KCTU will declare November 6~12 as a Peoples’ Week of Collective Action, with various social movements and NGOs, ahead of G20 Seoul Summit. As a part of global movement for building people’s alternatives for the failed neoliberal globalization, KCTU will stand up for people’s rights and real solution of the crisis. Protesting the G20, various activities will be organized during the action week. In the same week, various activities commemorating labour martyr Chun, Tae-il, who immolated himself on November 13, 1970 to expose the reality of extreme exploitation in garment sector and paved the way of democratic labour movement in South Korea. Today, 40 years after his death, the slogan “Uphold the Labour Standards Act!”, which he chanted at the last moment is still valid. KCTU will revive and globalize his spirit through our protest against the G20 which forces the people in the world pay for the crisis driven by the financial globalization. We invite every trade union who wants to build our alternative to the People’s Week of Collective Action in Seoul.  

 

For further information, please contact Ryu, Mikyung, international derector to inter@kctu.org or +82-2-2670-9118

 

 

KCTU Programme for people’s Week of Action (To be updated)

 

1) KCTU Action Weeks protesting G20

ž Period: October 30th~ November 12th

ž In conjunction with Commemoration Period of Labour Martyr Chun Tae-il, various forms of activities and events are to be organized by KCTU and its affiliates.

 

¤ National Workers Rally commemorating 40th anniversary of the death of Labour Martyr Chun, Tae-il (November 7th, 2010)

 

2) People’s Week of Collective Action

ž Period: November 6th ~ 12th

ž <People’s Response Preparation Committee-provisional title>, a national coalition protesting G20 is to conduct joint activities during this period, including people’s summit, mass rally and march, etc.

 

¤ People’s Summit

ž Period: November 8th~10th

ž A series of thematic discussions/workshops/conferences around the 13 main agenda;

Jobs and employment, Fundamental Labour Rights, Financial Regulation, Environment & Climate change, FTAs & TNCs, Food Sovereignty, Democracy & Human Rights, Poverty & Development, Forced Migration, Security & Peace, Public Services, Intellectual Property Rights, Nuclear Issues

 

Within People’s Summit the followings are mainly organized by KCTU;

 

ü  Free Trade Agreement and Peoples’ Alternative

ž Time: November 8th(To be confirmed)

ž Organisers: KCTU, Our World is not for Sale Network (Under discussion)

 

ü Labour Assembly: Southern Trade Unions’ Voice on Global Economic & Social Crisis

ž Time: November 9th (All day)

ž Organiser: KCTU, COSATU, CUT-Brazil

ž Trade Unions in G20/non G20 country will be invited

 

¤ Cultural Ceremony

ž Time: November 10th (Evening, on the eve of Mass Rally and March)

 

¤Press Conference for Seoul Declaration

 

¤ Action Day protesting G20

ž Time: November 11th, (Opening Day of G20 summit)

ž Organiser: G20 People’s Response Preparation Committee

 

3) G20 Trade Union Summit

ž Time: November 10th~11th

ž Organiser: ITUC, OECD TUAC, GUFs

 

 

Labour Assembly: Southern Trade Unions’ Voice on Global Economic & Social Crisis”

November 9, 2010, Seoul, Korea

 

Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU)

Central Única dos Trabalhadores(CUT-Brazil)

Korean Confederation of Trade Unions

August 30, 2010

 

G20, a group of the 20 largest economies in the world designated itself as a center to defeat the global crisis. However, the solution given by the G20 is to keep stable the world system in which the profit is maximized thorough jobless growth and sacrifice of labour. People have lost their jobs and wages with the excuse of the crisis, and precious tax money paid by the people was put to bailout the banks. As fiscal crisis seems to be possible, governments is forcing the people into enduring the devastating impact of austerity packages.

 

In the Pittsburgh G20 summit, the heads of states of the member countries agreed that the current challenges do not provide an excuse to disregard or weaken internationally recognised labour standards. Nevertheless, they have mentioned creation of decent work and guarantee of fundamental labour rights only as lip services. For example, the G20 financial ministers meeting which was convened right after the fiscal crisis in southern Europe officially supported the most serious forms of the austerity measure, including wage cut, tax increases, freeze on new hiring in public sector and flexibilization of labour in private sector, which the Greek government had adopted to get IMF/EU bailout.

 

It is argued that the G20 is more democratic than G7-8 in that it guarantees participation of developing countries. However, the G20 is no more than a space of international cooperation for a U.S-dominated world system. Under the current system, the expansion to the G20 is mainly motivated by the need of cooperation from emerging countries to manage "global imbalance". The biggest victims of neo-liberal globalisation which characterised exploitation and exclusion at global level are still excluded, especially from Africa no county has been invited but Republic of South Africa.

 

In the wake of the 2007-2009 global crisis, trade unions in each country has been struggling to protect employment, wage and fundamental labour rights under the slogan "We will not pay for the crisis!". In addition to this, on occasion of G20 Summit, trade unions has exposed the contradictions and limitation of G20's response to the crisis and suggested their own alternatives.

 

In this context, on occasion of the People’s Week of Collective Action protesting the Seoul G20 Summit which is initiated by the Korean social movements, we would like to hold a Labour Assembly to share the reality around wage, employment and fundamental labour rights after the crisis and responses by trade unions and highlight the voices of workers especially in the global south on the G20 summit.

 

Outline

Date: November 9, 2010

Venue: To be confirmed

Programme;

<Part I> G20, From the perspective of the people in the global south: Is G20 really able to representative the people in the Global South?

<Part II> G20, From the perspective of trade unions: Is G20 really able to expand decent work and fundamental labour rights?

<Part III> Trade Union's Alternative for the global crisis

<Part IV> Statement Adoption

Targeted Participants: Trade unionist in the global south /non-G20 countries.

                   (It is also open to trade unions in the global north/G20 countries)

 

 

Total 106

Arial Protest of 3 Union Leaders in Ssangyong Motor

KCTU Feb 20, 2013 Hits 2930

Arial Protest of 3 Union Leaders in Ssangyong Motor "Carry out a full parliamentary investigation into state affairs to bring to light the truth regarding the Ssangyong Motor falsification of accounts and mass dismissals!" * * * 3 union leaders, HAN, Sang-gyun...

Aerial Protest of Hyundai Motor precarious workers on transmission tower in Ulsan City, Korea

KCTU Feb 20, 2013 Hits 5254

Aerial Protest of Hyundai Motor precarious workers CHOE, Byung-Seung & CHUN, Ui-Bong on transmission tower in Ulsan City, Korea "Accept the Supreme Court Decision! Regularise all in-house subcontracting workers!" * * * Precarious workers belonging to the KMWU Hyun...

[KMWU] Urgent Call for Solidarity: Hanjin, Yuseong

KCTU Jul 05, 2011 Hits 65375

KMWU Urgent Call for Solidarity: Hanjin, Yuseong June 29, 2011 Reconnect the Electricity on Crane 85! Stop Impeding Access to Communication, Basic Needs! Urgent, Ongoing Civil Rights Violations at Hanjin Heavy Industries: Protesting Workers Dragged out of the Shipyard A...

International Day of Solidarity Action - KCTU protest in front of Egyptial Embassy

KCTU Feb 09, 2011 Hits 59569

Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) Newsletter February 8, 2011 International Day of Solidarity Action “Egyptian People’s Struggle is right!” “KCTU fully supports the protest of workers and people of Egypt!” The Egyptian peoples struggle against the 30 ...

[Press Statement] Egyptian People’s Struggle is right!

KCTU Feb 08, 2011 Hits 57606

[Press Statement] Egyptian People’s Struggle is right! KCTU fully supports the protest of workers and people of Egypt! The Egyptian peoples struggle against the 30 year of pro-U.S. dictatorship has been continuing for more than 15 days. On February 8, the day which has b...

[Newsletter] KCTU Plan for G20 Summit, 6~12 November, 2010

KCTU Sep 09, 2010 Hits 72874

Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) Newsletter September, 2010 KCTU Calls for international participation in People’s Week of Collective Action protesting G20 Seoul Summit November 6~12, 2010, SEOUL, KOREA The global economic crisis of 2007~2009 reveal...

Call for Action- The G20 Summit is NO EXCUSE for Repression!

KCTU Sep 09, 2010 Hits 63524

The G20 Summit is NO EXCUSE for Repression! October 1st, International Day of Action against the pre-Summit attack on Democratic and Human Rights in South Korea Dear Friends and Allies, You have already received an email urging you to join protests against the G20 Summ...

[Monthly News] 2010 Directives of the KCTU: The KCTU will be at the forefront to stop labor oppression and protect democracy

KCTU Mar 30, 2010 Hits 79347

2010 Directives of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions] The KCTU will be at the forefront to stop labor oppression and protect democracy March 4, 2010 Labor rights are essential for democracy Korea’s Ministry of Labor denied the registration of the Korean Govern...

[Monthly News] Oppression against the Korean Railway Workers' Union

KCTU Mar 30, 2010 Hits 71855

[Affiliates’ News] Korea Federation of Public Services & Transportation Workers Union (KPTU). Oppression against the Korean Railway Workers' Union Oppression against the Korean Railway Workers' Union for their strike last year is still ongoing. Despite the withdrawal of t...

[Monthly News] Ministry of Labor returned union establishment report of KGEU

KCTU Mar 30, 2010 Hits 76322

[Affiliates News] Korean Government Employees’ Union Ministry of labor returned union establishment report of KGEU The Korean Government Employees’ Union indicted the Labor Minister for abuse of authority on March 9 after he refused the register of the union twice. The union ...

XE Login