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   Labor leaders to hold summit alongside G20
   7964    2010-11-10
Source : Korea Herald

8 Nov 2010

International labor leaders will be gathering here to discuss job creation and labor rights during the G20 Seoul summit this week.

According to the Ministry of Employment and Labor, the International Trade Union Confederation, the world’s largest trade union federation, will hold its general meeting on Nov. 10-11 in Seoul.

Jang Seok-chun, chairman of the nation’s largest umbrella labor group, Federation of Korean Trade Unions, and Kim Young-hoon, head of the second-largest, Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, will join the meeting as the Korean representatives.

International guests include Michael Sommer, ITUC president and chairman of the Confederation of German Trade Unions, Sharan Burrow, ITUC general secretary, John Evans, general secretary of the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD, and other heads of foreign confederations of trade unions.

During the meeting, the participants will adopt the “Seoul Resolution,” which will consist of 10 clauses emphasizing job creation.

According to the tentative draft, the resolution would call for economic recovery creating more jobs; environment-friendly employment in response to climate change; fulfillment of development aid promises; introduction of fair tax systems; and a crackdown on tax havens.

Both ITUC and TUAC will recommend that the G20 governments support the resolution and reflect it in their domestic policy.

The participants will also ask for the official formation of a G20 employment working group, in which representatives of labor, management and the government discuss labor issues.

The visiting labor leaders, along with their Korean counterparts, plan to meet President Lee Myung-bak and Minister of Employment and Labor Bahk Jae-wan on Wednesday.

While the Metal Workers’ Union, the radical fraction of the KCTU, has warned of a massive rally Thursday, critics said that the meeting could soothe the growing labor-government tensions ahead of the G20.

“It is customary for the president, as the chair of the G20 summit, to meet ITUC leaders,” said a ministry official.

By Lee Ji-yoon (

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