S. Korean labor community intensifies demands for ILO core conventions to be ratified first and legislated later

EU trade commissioner’s notification of ratification deadline ignites domestic dispute

Calls from the South Korean labor community to ratify key International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions first and worry about legislation later are ringing louder after European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom departed with one last message urging the conventions’ ratification.“If the core conventions are ratified with the agreement of the National Assembly, they would have the same validity as domestic law without requiring additional domestic legislation procedures, and any legal provisions in violation of the conventions would lose their validity according to the lex posterior principle,” noted Shin In-su, attorney and director of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) legal center, on Apr. 11.

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