KCTU Chairman Meets with EUCCK Members

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KCTU Chairman Meets with EUCCK Members

'It is recognized worldwide that job sharing is not an effective means to create jobs, why do you stick to this idea?'- F. Honigmann from Clariant Co.
'In Korea, we have many labor-oriented industries and unemployment among part-time workers is in a critical situation.'- Lee Gap Yong, Chairman of Korean Confederation of Trade Unions(KCTU).
These are some excerpts from the dialogue between the Chairman of Korean Confederation of Trade Unions(KCTU), Lee Gap Yong, and European Union Chamber of Commerce in Korea(EUCCK) members at the Hyatt Hotel on February 25.
This meeting had been prepared and organized in January by the EUCCK to ascertain Korean laborers point of view.
However, as on the previous day, February 24, the KCTU had decided to withdraw from the Tripartite Committee, all 70 members of the EUCCK who attended the meeting listened more carefully to what Mr. Lee said.
During the meeting, Mr. Lee stated, 'KCTU decided to withdraw from the Committee in order to achieve the end of unilateral restructring and layoffs, and the guarantee of jobs through job-sharing.'
Lee added, 'We cannot understand the real intention of President Kim who is now trying to confront labor.'
Regarding this, Jean Paul Reau, French Ambassador to Korea explained European countries' experiences and asked, 'Do you think the methods which you mentioned, for example job-sharing and taxation reform, can produce the intended effect?'
Participants' reaction were devided.
Bernhard Merforth of the Korea Exchange Bank said that this meeting was meaningful, but another participant pointed out that Mr. Lee's remarks were too political and ideal.

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