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Solidarity Message

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Dear sisters and brothers,
 
It's been more than ten years since the global financial hit the globe. Nevertheless, the government and employers are still restricting fundamental workers' rights and undermining job security under the pretext of economic recovery.
 
Especially, the most vulnerable members of the society including women, youth and the elderly as well as precarious workers are suffering from severe employment insecurity. Social polarization has been further deepened by the increasing number of working poor and widening income disparity.
 
Several recommendations made by the ILO have been ignored, including the protection of the right to organize for government employees and teachers, the repeal of the provision on the ban of wage payment to full-time union officials by employers, the reduction of the scope of essential services, and the prohibition of 'the obstruction of business' charges on collective actions. Furthermore, the unilateral guideline on dismissal, the performance-based wage system in the public and financial sectors and the interference in collective bargaining in the private sector have significantly undermined labour-management autonomy.
 
Faced with such difficulties, FKTU's primary mission is to fully promote workers’ rights and interests through international cooperation, global campaigning and advocacy within the major global institutions. We will continue to struggle for decent work, social safety nets and equal welfare society.
 
The FKTU, as a responsible member of the international community, is committed to implementing important global issues such as climate change, green jobs and sustainable development in close cooperation with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD and the Global Union Federations (GUFs).
 
We will always stand with you, joining in your struggles to make the world a better place to live. Thank you very much.
 
Juyoung KIM
President
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