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[Sep. 28, UNISON Protest letter] Nation wide attacks on KGEU offices and arrest of union members
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President Roh Moo  Hyun
Cheong Wa Dae (Office of the President)
Blue House
1 Sejong-Ro, Jongno-gu
Seoul
South Korea, 110-050
Republic Of Korea

 

28 September 2006

 

Dear President Roh Moo-Hyun,

Nation wide 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).

The 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.

UNISON is 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.

UNISON strongly urges your government to immediately:

-           Cease all attacks on the KGEU local offices;

-           Withdraw with 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 association.

-           Enter into 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 1865).

UNISON will 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.

Yours sincerely,

Dave Prentis
General Secretary

 

CC        Ambassador Yoon-Je Cho, South Korean Embassy, UK
             Rt Hon Margaret Beckett, Foreign Secretary
             Brendan Barber, General Secretary, Trade Union Congress, UK

 

   
 
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