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Fight against FTA in S. Korea

Pyongyang, July 13 (KCNA) — A “rally of workers engaged in public works to vow a general turnout for strengthening the communality of society, checking the signing of the south Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and winning full three rights of labor” was held in the area of Kwanghwamun in Seoul on July 8, according to a media report.

It brought together at least 6,000 workers in the realm of public works.

The chairmen of the south Korean Government Employees’ Union and the south Korean Confederation of Trade Unions said in their speeches that the frantic neo-liberal policy of the “government” bringing restructuring and instability of employment was driving the workers engaged in public works to death. The policy director of the Council of Industrial Unions of U.S. Federation of Trade Unions in his solidarity speech declared that the council would launch a struggle against the signing of the FTA in solidarity with the south Korean workers.

A “joint declaration of a solidarity struggle of workers engaged in public works” was read out at the rally.

It noted that the “government’s” scheme to sign FTA was nothing but a move to leave the rights to existence of the south Korean workers and people, root and branch, to the tender mercy of U.S. capitalists. In case the demand of the union members is not met, we will stage a fiercer fight, it warned.

The rally was preceded by a “south Korean teachers rally” involving more than 2,000 members of the south Korean Teachers Union under the Solidarity Council of Trade Unions of Public Works in front of the “government” building and a “rally to vow general turnout of south Korean government employees and workers” bringing together upwards of 2,000 members of the south Korean Government Employees’ Union in front of the Seoul Railway Station.

On the same day, the Headquarters of the All-People Movement for Checking the South Korea-U.S. FTA called a press conference to declare the period of the struggle for checking and frustrating the second negotiation for the conclusion of the FTA.

It set July 12, the day designated for the second negotiation, as “day of general turnout of people to check the conclusion of FTA” and stated that it would stage an all-people struggle.

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