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(en) KCTU resolution for a General Strike

From "Lucien W." <029WALT@cosmos.wits.ac.za>
Date Thu, 12 Feb 1998 10:55:58 GMT + 2:00
Organization University of the Witwatersrand
Priority normal

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Official Resolution of KCTU delegation convention

Resolution of KCTU delegates

The Plan for KCTU general strike struggle

WE DEMAND the retirement of chaebol chiefs and offering their personal
wealth to the society

WE ARE AGAINST the legislation of lay-off on managerial reasons and
temporary manpower agencies systems

1. The Tripartite Social Agreement, drafted in the dawn of February 6,
contains inadequate and formal proposal about chaebol reform, and it
rejects the proposal of retirement of chaebol chiefs and offering their
personal wealth to the society, introduction of external directors and
auditors, and legislation of workers participation in corporate management.

2. And it gives employers unfettered freedom to lay off the workers, even
in case of merger and acquisition, and makes its intention clear to
legislate the man-power agencies system, which is bound to cause insecure
employment, worsened working conditions and weakened union activities.
Besides, it endangers the fundamental living condition and rights of
workers by providing 5 trillion won for job security fund, which is below
the minimum requirement for efficient work, and by rejecting the payment of
union officials.

3. In this situation, KCTU declares that the Tripartite Social Agreement is
essentially anti-labor measure, passing the suffering to workers
exclusively, not sharing the burdens, and resolves to struggle resolutely
according to the following schedule.

1) KCTU has nullified the key points of the tripartite agreement by voting
against it in 8th extraordinary delegate convention of February 9th. So
KCTU leadership resigned in a body in responsibility for this temporary
agreement, and a new Emergency Executive Committee was formed, in which
representatives of industrial federations and regional councils took part.
Dan Byung-Ho, President of Korean Democratic Federation of Metal Trade
Unions, was appointed as chair of Emergency Executive Committee by

2) KCTU demand strongly once again the retirement of chaebol chiefs, who
are most responsible for the current economic crisis, and offering their
personal wealth to the society, the stoppage of unfair labor practice, the
release of imprisoned workers, and the reinstatement of dismissed workers.
We also emphasize the demands for such reform measures as the fundamental
reform of chaebol system through introducing external director and auditor,
workers' participation in corporate management, and separation of property
and management, the guarantee of workers fundamental rights corresponding
the international labor norms, the funding of 10 trillion won for job
security, and the stoppage of legislation of lay-off on managerial reasons
and temporary manpower agencies systems

3) In order to implement these demands, KCTU call for President-Elect's
camp to renegotiate in the tripartite commission, and if this call is not
accepted or the legislation is attempted, KCTU will not attend the
tripartite commission and start the general strike struggle on national
scale. For this purpose, KCTU member unions will resolve to wage general
strike on February 11 and 12, and hold a rally before National Congress for
New Politics headquarter at noon n February 12. And from the afternoon of
February 13, KCTU will launch a national-wide general strike(before
February 13, in case lay-off and manpower agency bills are on agenda in the
standing commission of National Assembly, KCTU will launch a general strike
immediately), and on the day of the general strike, KCTU will organize
massive regional rallies after union rallies in workplace.

4. Finally, KCTU strongly demands President-Elect camp that the attempt be
stopped forcefully to legislate lay-off and temporary manpower agencies
system and that the renegotiation proposal be accepted for thorough reform
of chaebol system and stabilization of employment. And we wholeheartedly do
not hope that their rejection of our proposal will cause unnecessary

February 10, 1998

Emergency Executive Committee of KCTU
Chairperson DAN, Byung-Ho

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