Monday, August 28, 2006

The Story Behind the Story

The Korea Times gets excited about the International Labor Organization meeting in Busan:

More than 600 government officials, workers, employers and leaders from some 40 Asian, Pacific and Arab countries will gather at the 14th Asian Regional Meeting of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Pusan from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1...The ILO Asian Regional Meeting will be held at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO) in the nation's second largest city with delegates from 29 countries in Asia and the Pacific and 11 Arab nations in attendance.

Of course they do not mention a small detail, the reason why the are meeting now. Leaf through the Korea Times and you can find this gem from a year ago:

The International Labor Organization (ILO) decided to postpone its 14th Asian Regional Meeting, as Korea’s two umbrella union groups refused to withdraw their decision not to participate in it....The decision came after the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) and the Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU) confirmed its plan earlier that day in a joint media conference that the two groups will not take part in the ILO meeting.

Thats right, the ILO meeting last year was postponed because Korean labor unions went on strike. 


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