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22.01.2019

EU team in Korea for government consultations over labour commitments under the trade agreement

Today, the EU has begun government consultations with the Republic of Korea regarding the country’s implementation of commitments related to trade and sustainable development under the EU-Korea free trade agreement. The aim is to arrive at an amicable and mutually satisfactory solution to the EU’s concerns, specifically on labour rights.

The EU has two key longstanding concerns with regard to Korea’s implementation of the commitments on multilateral labour standards and agreements in the chapter on trade and sustainable development, in particular those concerning:

  • the respect for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) fundamental principles of freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
  • the pending ratification by Korea of four fundamental ILO Conventions: two concerning freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining; and two concerning forced labour

Both issues are closely interrelated and require a number of legislative and administrative reforms on labour in Korea.
Background
On 17 December 2018 the EU formally requested consultations with the government of the Republic of Korea.
For more information

Press release: EU steps up engagement with Republic of Korea over labour commitments under the trade agreement
Link to the request for consultations

source: http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=1973

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