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Unions to converge on Seoul and meet with Lee

Representatives of labor unions in Korea and other countries will hold a meeting in Seoul during the G-20 Summit and will meet President Lee Myung-bak on the second day of the gathering of the world’s leaders.

The Ministry of Employment and Labor said yesterday that the International Trade Union Confederation will hold a conference during the two-day summit to discuss current issues in the labor market and global economy at the Lexington Hotel in Yeouido, Seoul.

The conference will release a 10-point proclamation called the “Seoul Declaration” to urge the G-20 members to devise policies for job creation, economic assistance to developing countries and fair tax systems.

Participants at the conference will be Jang Seok-chun, chief of the Federation of Korean Trade Unions; Michael Sommer, president of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC); Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the ITUC and John Evans, general secretary of the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the OECD.

ITUC and TUAC said they will advise G-20 members to adopt the Seoul Declaration as their policy. President Lee will meet the union representatives and Bahk Jae-wan, minister of labor and employment, Thursday morning.

Korea’s two major labor unions, the Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU) and the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), will hold their own meetings today.

The pro-government FKTU will hold a discussion on the global economic crisis with labor unions from Brazil, South Africa and Argentina, while the more progressive KCTU will have an international seminar with officials from ITUC, TUAC and the International Labor Organization.

By Kim Hee-jin [heejin@joongang.co.kr]

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