H.E. Mr Roh
President of the Republic,
Republic of Korea
By fax: + 82-2-770-1690
1 September 2006
Police use force to close down KGEU offices
On behalf of the
International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), representing 155 million workers in 154
countries and territories including Korea, I would like to protest
violent crack down on the KGEU.
March, the Ministry of Government and Home Affairs (MOGAHA) issued the very
repressive Directive to Promote the Transformation of Illegal Organisations into
Legal Trade Unions, according to which local authorities were ordered to
pressure members of the KGEU to leave
the union, for example by demotions, or even by approaching the family members
of employees who belonged to the union.
local authorities have now been instructed to enforce this directive by a new
directive of 3rd of August which has resulted in an intensified
campaign by the police throughout the country to close down KGEU offices by use of force.
ICFTU condemns these serious
violations of the principle of freedom of association, and finds it offensive
that the government chooses to intensify its campaign against the
KGEU at the very time when the ILO
Asia Regional Meeting is taking place in Korea to improve
industrial relations in the region. This shows a lack of respect for the ILO and
the fundamental principles on which this institution is built.
The ICFTU urges your government to respect the fundamental
principles of the international organizations of which Korea is a
member and end its repressive campaign against the KGEU immediately. It also encloses a statement issued
by the Workers’ Group of the ILO 14th Asia Regional meeting, equally
condemning the actions of your government and highlighting the various ways in
which it breeches these fundamental principles.
A press release in Korean