KCTU’s Request of ILO’s Intervention on the Truck Drivers’ Strike in Republic of Korea

The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) requested ILO’s intervention in the violation of fundamental principle and rights, especially right to collective bargaining and civil liberty in relation to the …

Enforceable social clauses in trade agreements with ‘bite’?

“Implications of the EU–South Korea Panel of Experts Report of 20 January 2021 Policy Implications The EU–South Korea Panel of Experts Report (‘the Report’) confounded expectations by asserting that it …

Korea: Gov’t considers allowing hiring of foreign housekeepers

The ministry said that the government will decide whether to legalize the hiring of foreign nationals as domestic workers, after a new law aimed at improving the working conditions of …

S. Korea completes ratification process for key ILO conventions

 South Korea on Tuesday completed the ratification process for three key International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions, which have long stalled due to objections from businesses and conservatives. The Ministry of …

ILO Committee on Freedom of Association Report (2021)

The ILO Committee on Freedom of Association released its latest report, including cases on Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jordan, Korea, Madagascar, Pakistan and Romania.

S. Korea ratifies key UN labor conventions

South Korea’s parliament on Friday ratified key International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions on workers’ rights and forced labor, which have long stalled due to objections from businesses and conservative politicians. …

The Panel Report under the EU-Korea Trade Agreement Concerning Labor Practices: What are the Purposes of Trade Agreements as they Relate to the ILO’s Fundamental Labor Rights?

In recent years, workers’ rights advocates have increasingly urged the US and the EU to strengthen the commitments under the labor chapters of their trade agreements. Following up on the …

Which workers and which unions can claim protection under freedom of association? The EU-Korea FTA Panel Decision Part II

Rejecting the Korean accusation that the EU was seeking to illegitimately ‘harmonise’ labour standards, the Panel carefully analysed the principles established under international law. This entailed examination of Korean trade …

Which workers and which unions can claim protection under freedom of association? The EU-Korea FTA Panel Decision Part II

“This blog continues analysis of the EU-Korea FTA Expert Panel Report, focussing on the significance of the findings regarding ‘Freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to …

Asserting Jurisdiction to Assess Compliance with ‘Multilateral labour standards and agreements’ – The EU-Korea FTA Panel Decision

On 25 January 2021, the European Union (EU) and the Republic of Korea (Korea) released the Reportby a Panel of Experts (the Panel Report) on matters raised under the Trade …

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