"Secure Fundamental Workers' Rights! Stop Retrogressive Labour Law Revision! Eliminate Discrimination against Precarious Workers!"
FKTU organizes 2013 National Workers' Rally
The Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU) organized a 2013 National Workers' Rally under the slogan of "Secure Fundamental Workers' Rights! Stop retrogressive Labour Law Revision! Eliminate Discrimination against Precarious Workers!" in front of the City Hall, downtown Seoul on 16 Nov 2013.
MOON Jin-kook, President of the FKTU, raised concerns in his opening speech, that the livelihood of workers and ordinary people is still in jeopardy despite President PARK Geun-hye's election pledges on welfare and economic democratization, urging the government to fully implement its pledges.
He went on to say, "The FKTU agreed on the tripartite consensus on the achievement of 70% employment rate by promoting decent jobs on 30 May this year. However, the government is merely attempting to increase non-regular part-time jobs by splitting full-time jobs without trying to expand decent regular jobs which continued to decrease due to restructuring, long-working hours and layoffs. This kind of government policy is never acceptable."
He also stressed, "The current Trade Unions and Labour Relations Adjustment Act (TULRAA) continues to drive industrial relations into conflicts and confrontations and withdraw trade union activities. The law should be amended without delay."
With regard to the current tasks of trade union movement, he highlighted the revision of the TULRAA and the promotion of fundamental workers' rights, the reduction of actual working hours, the restriction of abusive layoffs, the elimination of discrimination against precarious workers and the raise of minimum wage.
The FKTU announced that it would judge without fail those political parties and politicians who refuse the demands or show passive attitudes, urging the PARK administration to completely implement her election pledges. The rally in which 50,000 workers participated officially finished with an adoption of a resolution containing these demands.