FKTU observes its 66th Anniversary of Foundation. - 66 Years of the Trade Union Movement is the Movement of the Hope for 99 Percent - The Federation of Korean Trade Unions(FKTU) celebrated the 66th
FKTU observes its 66th Anniversary of Foundation.
- 66 Years of the Trade Union Movement is the Movement of the Hope for 99 Percent -
The Federation of Korean Trade Unions(FKTU) celebrated the 66th anniversary of its foundation and organised a fund-raising event on 9th March at the FKTU HQ in Seoul.
Mr. HAN Kwangho. the General Secretary of the FKTU. delivered the progress report about the FKTU back to the early labour movement in conjunction with the independent movement under the Japanese rule.
The FKTU President LEE Young-deuk then welcomed all guests and addressed his memorial speech. He said. ˝For the last 66 years. we could make a progress but also a retreat. Also there were many victorious times but also painful experiences. Despite this repetition. the FKTU firmly stands today and celebrates its 66th anniversary because of sweats and bloods of our members who have carved out own and nation`s destiny restlessly for the last 66 years. The FKTU is truly the ongoing history which our one million members have embroidered with every drops of their perspiration˝.
He also criticized the Lee Myung Bak administration by saying. ˝There have been no `Labour` in all policies of MB administration for the last 4 years. In the absence of Labour. there have not been `Communication` and `Dialogue` but only `Unilateralism` and `Dogmatism˝. He continued to say. ˝the government retrogressively revised labour laws to suppress the trade union movement and implement pro-business policies for just 1 percent of people with other 99% suffered severely˝. Especially he condemned the Ministry of Employment and Labour which `should have worked for rights and interests of workers but only tries to disgrace us and to destroy our future`. Since the 65th of anniversary. any executive-level officials from the Korean Employers` Federation and the Ministry of Employment and Labour have not accepted the invitation.
Mr. Lee then explained the reason of participating in the establishment of Democracy United Party with other civil partners. He said. ˝Under current circumstance. we can not just demand and shout slogans any longer but we should actively participate in the process of realizing our demands. We have to show our power and capacity at the general and presidential elections. and should actively and aggressively move forward to build up `Equal. Welfare and Unified State`.˝
During the ceremony. migrant workers from Uzbekistan and Sri Lanka presented flower bouquets to Mr. Lee to show their appreciation.
At the ceremony. many public figures of all levels of society attended and congratulated on FKTU`s 66th birthday. All fund raised during the event was donated to `Sunlin Welfare Foundation` established in November 20087 by the FKTU for conducting socially responsible activities such as social welfare service. disaster relief. donational to welfare facilities. etc.