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Date: Sun, 28 Dec 1997 12:58:58 +0200
Sender: Forum on Labor in the Global Economy <LABOR-L@YORKU.CA>
From: Eric Lee <ericlee@EINDOR.ORG.IL>
Subject: South Korea: KCTU Meets Kim

KCTU Meets Kim

By Eric Lee, Labor-L, 28 December 1997

According to a report in today’s Korea Times newspaper, leaders of the semi-legal Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) met yesterday (Saturday) with President-Elect Kim Dae Jung. This was the first time that KCTU leaders met with such a high-ranking official in the Korean government.

Union leaders expressed their disappointment with Kim’s rapid acceptance of all IMF terms, including his outspoken calls for unions to accept the inevitability of mass layoffs, and reform of labour laws.

Some observers believe that a renewal of the general strike in South Korea, broken off last winter, is only a matter of time.