Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

November 24, 2007 09:30 ET

Canadian Labour Congress: Trade Deal with Korea Will Be a Major Job Killer

Canadian and Korean Workers Agree: They Don't Want This Deal

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 24, 2007) - The Canadian Labour Congress and its 3.2 million members once again add their voices to the chorus of community and business leaders who call on the federal government to stop its trade negotiations with Korea. Next week begins the twelfth and maybe decisive round of these negotiations.

"Why is the government so stubborn in its pursuit of a trade deal that will clearly be a major killer of jobs, especially in the manufacturing and resources processing sectors?" asks Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress. "This deal will be bad for the economy as a whole and for the Canadian workforce in particular."

"Since the two trade deals we have signed in North America, Canadians have been working harder and longer hours without really earning more. We can expect this deal with Korea to put new and heavy downward pressure on our wages. We can also expect new plant closures and job losses that will worsen the crisis we have with the high dollar."

"Canadian working families are also very much aware that Korean workers do not want this deal," adds Georgetti in reference to a joint statement being released by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions and the Canadian Labour Congress.

The statement asks for a halt to negotiations and highlights Korean fears of a trade deal that shelters business investments, imperils their agricultural sector without any countervailing protection for workers and their communities.

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3.2 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 136 district labour councils. Web site: www.canadianlabour.ca

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