Down with the US-South Korea FTA and neoliberal globalization!

We are here to express our opposition to the proposed Korea-U.S. FTA.

The events of the past days show that the governments of both countries cannot be trusted. The negotiations take place behind closed doors and when the people come out to be heard, to have a simple press conference, they are confronted by hundreds of riot police who overwhelm the press conference with brute force. Don't pretend this is democracy. We must ask this question: if the FTA is so good for the working people and farmers of Korea, if it is a treaty based on equality and not an expression of economic colonialism, why is the Korean government trying to suppress the right of its won people to freely express their viewpoint? This violation of free speech rights may be appreciated by the U.S. government and U.S. Agribusiness corporations as they fast track FTA's implementation but it is proof that the FTA is actually harmful to the Korean people.

Americans workers will also suffer from the FTA just as they lost rights and jobs under NAFTA. We witnessed tremendous job losses under the NAFTA. Meanwhile, farmers in Mexico were wiped out by corn and other U.S. agricultural products. Faced with literal starvation 8 to 10 million Mexican emigrated to the United States where they are super-exploited and treated as criminals subjected to mass arrests and deportations if they dare organize unions. U.S. corporations moved into Mexico, sold products at very low prices, forced Mexican farmers and industries into bankruptcy when they could not sell their products, and then turned around and raised prices after the Mexican "competition" was destroyed. The Korean people cannot truly desire this outcome since it benefits only U.S. transnational corporations and banks.

The Korean government seems to assert that the Korean situation is different from that of NAFTA countries and it is ignoring the lessons of NAFTA.

We, however, believe that the on-going FTA is on exactly the same track with the NAFTA. Perhaps it will be even more destructive. Can anyone imagine a sovereign government agreeing before the opening of negotiations that it will end programs to help low income and elderly sick people receive low cost medicines? Yet, in the face of pressure from the U.S. government as it represents the interests of large pharamacuetical, this is precisely what the Korean did. That is shameful. No one should listen to the U.S. government when it comes to health care policy since 46 million Americans cannot go to the doctor when they are sick because they are workers who have no health care insurance. Forty six million is three million more than when Bush took office in 2001. It is also no less than the entire population of South Korea. The U.S. has a government of the rich, by the rich and for the rich. We urge you to reject their economic model.

The United States has a $12 trillion economy, the largest in the history of the world. Yet workers are losing their jobs, their health care benefits and their pensions. Poverty is growing rapidly and the U.S. now has more than 2.1 million people in prison -- the highest rate in the world. Just imagine how destructive this "corporation first" model will be for the Korean people if the U.S. imposes the FTA -- a new form of economic colonialism.

We, in the ANSWER Coalition and all those in the U.S. peace movement and the U.S. labor movement are here to show solidarity with Korean people, global workers solidarity is the only hope, the only real solution to the government and corporate plan to have us compete with each other in a race toward the bottom. In unity there is stength and in unity we can fightback and win!

Down with the KorUS FTA and Neoliberal globalization!

Participants of International Conference against the KorUS FTA

2006. 7. 11
Total 19
No. Subject Name Regdate Hits
19 Report for the WTO General Council review of the Trade policies of Republic of Korea (Geneva, 19 and 21 September, 2012) [2] KCTU 2013.02.15 26747
18 NGO Statement on the case of Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction in Philippines [2] KCTU 2009.03.05 33270
17 AFL-CIO letter on KGEU [2] KCTU 2008.08.02 30911
16 ITUC Online : Korea : Anti-union repression continue [3] KCTU 2008.08.02 32541
15 ITUC Press : ITUC and TUAC express opposition to current Korea-United States free trade agreement KCTU 2008.08.02 31344
13 The Road to an Undesirable Deal - Understanding the Kor-US FTA [1] KCTU 2007.02.22 36422
12 No to UN Security Council Sanctions against North Korea KCTU 2006.11.27 33172
11 KCPT Statement On the Erection of Barbed Wire from November 9, 2006 [1] KCPT 2006.11.27 31014
10 (AFP) South Korean protesters plan day of strikes, street rallies KCTU 2006.11.22 30676
9 [Reuters] South Korea braces for major strike on Wednesday [2] KCTU 2006.11.22 31622
8 Joint Statement on Shwe Gas Development Project in Burma [1] KCTU 2006.11.18 29860
7 PSSP Statement on North Korea's Nuclear Test PSSP 2006.11.10 31286
6 The Real Understanding of the KORUS FTA KoA 2006.10.25 31883
5 [Statement] Stop KORUS FTA Right Now! [1] KoA 2006.10.24 31959
4 [Report of Minbyun] Situation of Civil and Political Rights in Republic of Korea [1] KCTU 2006.10.23 31611
3 FKTU paper on the KORUS FTA KCTU 2006.08.02 33316
» Down with the US-South Korea FTA and neoliberal globalization! KCTU 2006.07.13 35180
1 [KoPA] WTO Strategy Paper from Korean Movements [1] KCTU 2003.08.14 46322
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