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ILO, others seek protection of labour rights under AfCFTA
The International Labour Organisation (ILO), Organisation of Trade Unions in West Africa (OTUWA) and International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) calls for protection of labour in the the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA).
Katherine Tai on enforcing trade agreements
The original NAFTA might have had labor and environment rules, but they turned out that they were unenforceable and there were no teeth, said USTR Tai.
AFL-CIO requests USMCA labor complaint at Saint-Gobain glassmaker in Mexico
The biggest US labor federation asked the US government to open a complaint at a Saint-Gobain glass plant in Mexico, the latest in a series of petitions alleging worker rights violations in Mexico under a regional trade pact.
Mexico, US close VU Manufacturing complaint in fifth USMCA labor probe
Mexico and the United States have resolved the latest in a series of labor complaints under a regional trade pact, saying that workers at auto-parts plant VU Manufacturing in northern Mexico were able to elect the union of their choice.
Hogging the gains from trade in Mexico
The multinational pork giant Smithfield, now owned by a Chinese firm, took advantage of trade, investment, labor, environmental, and immigration policies, after NAFTA, to expand its low-wage factory farming model on both sides of the US-Mexico border.
False good news for future EU free trade agreements
ECVC is heavily critical of the lack of ambition shown by the European Commission to tackle only future free trade agreements, meaning the pre-existing FTAs can continue their environmental and social devastation.
Mexican workers file USMCA complaint against VU Manufacturing
A group of Mexican workers at VU Manufacturing has filed a petition under the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA) alleging that the Michigan-based auto-parts maker is pushing them to join a union friendly to the company.
New Trade Minister and Assistant Minister have mandate for progressive reform of Australia’s trade policy
This policy commits Labor to oppose corporate rights to sue governments, stronger medicine and copyright monopolies, provisions for deregulation of public services, and the removal of labour market testing for temporary migrant workers.
Independent unions in Mexico use the USMCA to stop abuse at multinational plants
New worker representatives push for renewal under the cross-border agreement to punish labor violations.
Overselling EU trade deals: new study uncovers failures of sustainability impact assessments
The European Commission uses flawed and tardy sustainability impact assessments as a fig leaf for environmentally, socially and economically damaging EU trade agreements, according to a new study.
S. Korea presses US to ratify key international labor conventions
With the Korean government last year having ratified three conventions, including one prohibiting the use of forced labor, it has now ratified seven of eight core ILO conventions. Meanwhile, the US has ratified only two.
Britain’s hopes of post-Brexit US trade deal ‘depend on workers’ rights’
Unions from both sides of the Atlantic accuse Boris Johnson’s government of failing to grasp importance of labour rights.
Mexican union calls for US probe into alleged labor abuses at Panasonic plant
In a petition to US labor officials, Mexican union SNITIS said a Panasonic car parts plant in the border city of Reynosa violated the 2020 United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
UK will not offer Indians more visas in post-Brexit trade talks
The government will not allow more Indians to come to the UK through new visa routes in any UK-India free trade deal.
Morrison government’s trade deal with India leaves workers at risk of exploitation, unions say
Australian unions have raised fears the Morrison government’s trade deal with India will fuel the growth of temporary, employer-sponsored migration – a trend they say leaves workers “highly vulnerable to exploitation”.
US plans more labour complaints in Mexico after union votes
The US is investigating labor-rights violations in Mexico and expects to bring more complaints under the USMCA.
Workers at Mexico border auto parts plant oust powerful union, eying ripple effect
Mexican factory Tridonex came under US scrutiny last year after US unions pushed for a labour complaint under the USMCA trade deal, saying workers had been blocked from choosing their union.
Groups, mayors oppose RCEP trade agreement
Over 60 groups of farmers, fishers, workers, civil society organizations and 186 mayors oppose the Senate’s concurrence to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement.
Fears UK-India trade deal could undermine sweatshops fight
A UK agreement with India, the negotiations for which begin this week, could worsen conditions in the clothing sweatshops of South Asian neighbors, according to labor rights campaigners and a major industry group.
Australia free trade deal with UK denounced by unions as ‘anti-worker’
The agreement makes it easier for citizens to work in each country and removes the need for labour market testing.