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[UNISON]Suppression of freedom of association in Korea
date : 2010/11/01 hit : 9880

Dear Ambassador
Suppression of freedom of association in Korea
 
It is with great sadness that I write to you again on the matter of trade union rights violations in your country, having written to you on the same matter last year.
 
The Korean Government Employees Union (KGEU) has consistently been refused permission to register as a trade union despite your government뭩 earlier commitment to reform existing laws on industrial relations in line with internationally accepted standards, including those concerning basic rights such as freedom of association and collective bargaining.
 
Last year뭩 mission to Korea by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) concluded that the trade union rights situation in Korea is deteriorating, and that your government has failed to implement recommendations to bring Korean laws into conformity with core ILO standards, including the use of the 몂bstruction of business?clause (s314 of the penal code) which severely limits legitimate trade union activity.
 
As your country prepares to host the G20 summit in November, I remind you of your international obligations as a member of the United Nations especially in relation to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. If your country wishes to be respected as a member of the international community you must do more to protect the rights of ordinary men and women to join free and independent trade unions.
 
The repression of the KGEU must stop, and my union, representing 1.3 million members in the UK will continue to voice concerns in relation to your blatant disregard for trade union rights. We will support whatever measures we can to ensure that human and trade union rights are respected in the Republic of Korea.
 
Yours sincerely

Dave Prentis
General Secretary
 
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