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Teamsters raise concerns on Canada-Mercosur trade talks
The union is concerned that the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership could be used as a model for talks with Mercosur.
Trade deals must work for rural women say participants at key UN session
Trade agreements must take into account the concerns of the millions of women who earn their living off the land in developing countries, participants said at a meeting held during the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York organized by UNCTAD and the Asia Pacific Forum on Women Law and Development (APWLD).
Don’t sign CFTA, Labour; ex-NACCIMMA boss, others beg Buhari
Organised labour pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari not to sign the African Continental Free Trade Agreement CFTA.
Workers reject terms of Mercosur-EU agreement
The Coordination of Trade Unions of the Southern Cone and the European Trade Union Confederation expressed their disagreement with the terms on which the possible agreement between Mercosur and the European Union is proposed.
Can Labour bring labour rights to RCEP?
With RCEP trade deal negotiations resuming in Singapore this week, Edward Miller says the Labour-led coalition will face an early test of its so-called "new approach on trade".
Malmström issues plan to improve implementation of sustainability chapters in EU trade deals
The EU’s top trade official released a plan examining how the bloc can make sure the sustainable development chapters in its trade deals can be applied more effectively.
US, Mexican unions to file NAFTA complaint over labor bill
US and Mexican unions will formally complain to the US Labor Department on Thursday that Mexico continues to violate NAFTA’s weak labor standards
Unifor stands firmly in opposition to Trans-Pacific Partnership
The TPP failed to meaningfully address the negative consequences of greater trade and investment liberalization, including rising inequality, environmental sustainability, job displacement and lower work standards.
Anchoring labour rights more effectively in EU trade agreements
We have highlighted some of the main limitations of the approach taken and how greater accountability could be established in current agreements.
UK leaving single market for TPP could hit workers’ rights, union warns
TUC delivers stark warning about labour abuses after trade secretary Liam Fox refuses to rule out membership of TPP.
India-UK trade meet to focus on visa restrictions, trade barriers
While the UK can engage in free trade agreement (FTA) talks with other countries including India only after the process of full disengagement from the EU is complete, talks are already happening unofficially on the potential of such a pact.
Japan pushes for March signing of TPP 11
Tokyo’s point man travelling to Vietnam, Mexico to seek consensus on outstanding issues.
Trump and GOP tax cut is handing corporations like Ford a giant incentive to move offshore
Giant corporations got what they wanted out of Republicans on taxes, now they’re lobbying the Trump administration hard to retain their NAFTA privileges.
A Canada-style trade deal would be a disaster for Britain’s workers
Trade unions campaigned against the EU and Canada’s CETA deal because, although it offers lots of protections to foreign investors, it does nowhere near enough to protect workers’ rights and public services.
Outcomes of the trade union conference on economic partnership agreements – Africa/EU
The Conference gathered 35 participants, comprising leaders from African trade union centres, the ITUC-Africa, ETUC, and ITUC, and experts from civil society and academia.
The US-Mexico wage gap is actually widening under Nafta
Trade was supposed to kickstart Mexico’s economy. It hasn’t. Stagnation fuels Trump’s anger, leaves Mexicans eyeing change
Mexico gold mine killings jolt NAFTA talks
The fatal shooting of two workers in an apparent clash between unions at a Canadian-owned mine in Mexico angered labor activists at NAFTA talks who said the violence was an example of poor labor conditions in the country.
Unions take NAFTA wage fight to Mexican senate
The head of Canada’s biggest private-sector union headed to Mexico’s Senate, promising to fight at the NAFTA trade pact talks for improved Mexican wages and free collective bargaining as a way of benefiting workers across North America.
Workers say NAFTA’s neoliberal foundations need to be dismantled from the left—not the right
Rejecting both economic nationalism and free-market fundamentalism, workers across North America are building transnational solidarity and demanding labor rights for all.
Being a trade unionist in Guatemala will get you killed
A chapter on labor issues within CAFTA was to provide an improved environment for labor rights. But the Guatemalan state has consistently failed to implement these protections.