"Retrogress reform of labor market to be blocked at all costs."
FKTU makes commitments at 2015 National Congress
The Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU) made a firm commitment to block the government's plan on the retrogressive reform of labor market. During the annual National Congress which was held on 26 Feb 2015, the FKTU reaffirmed its stance on determined protest against the recent government's unilateral move and mapped out a detailed timeline for the year 2015. This includes intensive education tour on collective bargaining, a massive rally on May Day, trade union representatives' convention, a general strike, etc.
Mr. KIM Dong-man, President of the FKTU, stressed, "The government of Korea is pushing ahead with full-scale strategies for labor flexibility without making an effort to reach an agreement among social partners. We have no option but to stop social dialogue if the government continues to do so. The unilateral plan will be faced with strong protest by the FKTU and we are ready to stage a general strike."
He went on to say, "We are demanding the government to drastically change the economic structure and policy directions for the achievement of income-led growth. To this end, we will step up our efforts for the alleviation of discrimination against precarious workers, the eradication of unfair subcontracting practices and the achievement of fair taxation."
The congress also made a commitment to achieving decent lives for the vulnerable including precarious workers, youths, women and the elderly.
The congress concluded with a resolution on the following:
● To make concerted efforts to defend fundamental workers' rights in the first half of 2015;
● To fight against the retrogressive revision of labor laws pushed by the greed capital and government;
● To stop the government's anti-labor attempt on precarious work;
● To block the second-stage privatization plan on the public sector
● To make a strong demand on the expansion of universal welfare and income-led strategies.