Wa Dae (Office
of the President)
28 September 2006
Dear President Roh
attacks on KGEU offices and arrest of union members
I am writing
on behalf of our 1.4 million public service workers in the UK, including
local government workers, to express my profound concern and vigourous
condemnation of the brutal treatment of our sister trade union, the Korean
Government Employees Union (KGEU).
government use of police to storm the KGEU local offices throughout the country,
to breakup the sit-ins and rallies, in some cases causing injuries to union
members as well as the arbitrary detention of more than 6 members of the KGEU
shows a clear contempt on the part of your government for international labour
standards. These attacks are in violation of trade union rights and the right to
freedom of association.
deeply concerned about the situation and fully supports the KGEU. We are
dismayed that in spite of repeated requests by the international community the
situation continues to deteriorate.
strongly urges your government to immediately:
Cease all attacks on the KGEU local offices;
immediate effect the “Directives to Promote the Transformation of Illegal
Organisations into Legal Trade Unions (Voluntary Withdrawal of Membership)” as
it is in violation of the principles of freedom of
dialogue with the Korean Government Employees Union (KGEU) with a view to
implementing fully the recommendations of the ILO Committee on Freedom of
Association as set out in its recent report of March 2006, (Report No 340, Case
bring your government’s consistent disregard for fundamental rights to the
attention of the UK Government. We further support Public Service
International’s efforts to bring this to the attention of the OECD and the ILO.
We therefore urge your government to take necessary measures to guarantee full
labour rights for public employees in South Korea without further delay.
Ambassador Yoon-Je Cho, South Korean Embassy, UK
Rt Hon Margaret Beckett, Foreign Secretary
Brendan Barber, General Secretary, Trade Union Congress, UK