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RCEP agreement will legitimise military dictatorship in Myanmar and fails to provide benefit to Australian workers
The ACTU has called on the Morrison Government not to ratify the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement, which includes Myanmar’s military junta, at today’s JSCOT inquiry.
US, Mexico announce resolution of GM labor dispute under trade deal
The agreement marked the first use of the USMCA’s Rapid Response Labor Mechanism.
It’s time to learn if the new Nafta’s worker protections have any teeth
Nafta did not improve the lot of most Mexican workers. But like many agreements that reduce tariffs and other obstacles to trade, Nafta was intended to boost the rights of workers in Mexico.
US, Canada, Mexico hold ’robust’ trade deal talks, downplay differences
Trade ministers held "robust" talks on the new North American trade deal and pledged to fully enforce its higher standards, while downplaying differences over a range of other irritants.
Unions want major Asia trade deal scrapped
Unions have blasted Australia’s plan to sign a massive free trade deal with Asia-Pacific nations over the inclusion of military junta-controlled Myanmar.
US files first trade complaint with Mexico under USMCA
The USMCA allows a panel to determine whether Mexico is enforcing labor laws that allow workers to choose their union and vote on contracts and union leadership.
US unions lodge first Mexico labor grievance under new NAFTA
The AFL-CIO, the biggest US labor federation, will file the first petition for the US government to bring a labor complaint against Mexico under the USMCA trade deal.
Can trade work for workers?
Helping left-behind regions should be a core goal of Biden’s administration. The damage has been done, and free trade isn’t going anywhere.
ACTU condemns Morrison Government for pressing ahead with new trade agreement with military regime in Myanmar
The ACTU has condemned the Federal Government at an inquiry hearing into Myanmar today for pressing ahead with ratifying the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement which includes trade with Myanmar.
First labor rights claim under the revised NAFTA filed by migrant worker women in the US — what does it mean in terms of the new labor rulebook in the region?
The complaint represents many organizations’ intentions to test if the revised NAFTA’s labor terms could be an effective tool to improve workers’ conditions.
FTA labour rights provisions useless without trade union action, says Korean unionist
Interview with Ryu Mikyung who is the International Director at the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions.
Women file complaint over gender discrimination in US temporary work programs
A group of Mexican migrant worker women have used the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to launch a complaint over discrimination in temporary labor programs.
China-EU comprehensive agreement on investment: Ineffective in protecting labour rights and acting on environmental justice
Without thinking about environmental action beyond emissions and enacting binding agreements on protecting workers’ rights, China and the EU fail at making meaningful change for both labour and environmental justice.
Two steps forward, one step back for Vietnam’s labor rights
Several EU statements still refer to EVFTA as helping to create "trade unions" in Vietnam, but WROs are different in many ways. They are only allowed to collectively bargain and organize strikes at the individual enterprise level, meaning they are restricted to individual companies.
CPTPP: More freedom for capitalists, more exploitation for workers
Behind the rhetoric of ‘liberalisation’, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is nothing more than vehicle for exploitation and global inequality.
China’s labour rights issues a threat to its trade deal with EU
In the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment is expected to face intense resistance from some European lawmakers, while international unionists, who say the pact will do nothing to stop human rights abuses or protect labour rights in China, have vowed to ramp up pressure over the deal.
Could Biden make US-China trade better for workers?
If decoupling is not in the cards, the United States must find a way to ensure trade improves the lives of workers – on both sides of the Pacific.
China-backed RCEP trade deal unlikely to benefit developing members in short term, analysts say
The Regional Cooperation Economic Partnership (RCEP) is unlikely to bring immediate significant benefits for its developing member countries in terms of flow of goods and services or major infrastructure investments, analysts and economists said.
How the trade deal Boris Johnson is pursuing threatens workers’ rights
The danger is that the UK Prime Minister is eager to get a deal, so he could accept whatever terms the CPTPP countries demand.
Biden to focus on trade enforcement after years of Trump tariffs
President Joe Biden’s administration is setting up its trade policy to prioritize enforcement of existing commitments by the US’s partners over negotiating more deals to open new export markets.