February 24, 1999: Korean trade union leader keynote speaker at Capilano College workshop

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      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
      February 24, 1999
      Contact: Jan O'Brien
      Coordinator, Labour Studies Program
      (604) 984-4954

      (NORTH VANCOUVER)--A two-day workshop, sponsored by the Capilano College labour studies program, will examine the impact of globalization from Seoul, Korea to Gold River, B.C.

      Keynote speaker Yoon Young-mo is the international secretary of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions. The KCTU emerged from the democratic movement of the 1980s and came to prominence as the leading federation in the 1996 Korean general strike movement to stop labour code changes that would have undermined employment security.

      Globalization: What's Next? runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, February 26 and Saturday, February 27 at the Maritime Labour Centre, 111 Victoria Drive.

      A reception for Yoon will take place in the Boardroom of the Maritime Labour Centre at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 26. Yoon will deliver his address at 9 a.m. Saturday, February 27.

      The workshop will give participants a chance to debate and strategize about future developments in globalization. The impact on women, B.C. resource towns, public education and international solidarity will be examined.

      "From Asian to Russia to Brazil, the world financial crisis is deepening, devastating local communities from Gold River to Seoul," said workshop organizer John Price.

      "How can we keep up with it all? This workshop is designed to explore and debate recent developments, to come to grips with myths and realities related to globalization, and to examine recent experiences in building international solidarity," said Price.

      Jyoti Sanghera, of the Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women, will look at how migrant labour is affected. Students from Vancouver Technical Secondary School will present a 30-minute video on the Multilateral Agreement on Investment. Noel Schachter, director of the International Branch of the B.C. Ministry of Employment and Investment, will talk about challenging globalization. The effectiveness of social clauses will be debated.

      For more information, contact Jan O'Brien, coordinator, labour studies program, at 984-4954.