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[Sep. 1, ICFTU Protest letter] Police use force to close down KGEU offices
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H.E. Mr Roh Moo-hyun
President of the Republic,
Blue House,
Republic of Korea

By fax: + 82-2-770-1690

TUR/JS                                                                                                               1 September 2006

Dear Mr. President,

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 strongly against the violent crack down on the KGEU.

In 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.

The 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.

The 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.

                                                                                           Yours sincerely,

Guy Ryder
General Secretary

A press release in Korean

No Subject Name Date Hit
31 [Sep. 1, ICFTU Protest letter] Police use force to close down KGEU offices ICFTU 2006-10-04 6132
30 [Aug. 31, SAMWU Congress] Special Resolution on the Recent Repression against the KGEU SAMWU 2006-10-04 7753
29 [Aug. 31, PSI Protest letter] Forceful closing down of KGEU offices nation wide PSI 2006-10-04 7767
28 PSI-JC Protest letter to the Korean Government KGEU 2005-04-16 9438
27 PSI-APRO Protest letter to the Korean Government KGEU 2005-04-16 8695
26 Spain UGT Protest Letter to the Korean Government KGEU 2005-04-16 6886
25 JTUC-RENGO Solidarity Message KGEU 2005-04-11 7962
24 WFTU Statement on arrest of KGEU President KGEU 2005-04-11 7094
23 ICFTU Protest Letter to Korean Government on arrests of KGEU officials KGEU 2005-04-11 6026

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