US unions might use the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement, which includes a clause designed to protect labor rights, to assist their Korean allies striking against government “reform” proposals that would make it easier for employers to fire workers, weaken seniority protections won through collective bargaining and privatize some state-owned industries.
"It’s time to halt the negotiations, publish the secret texts and ensure the widest possible public debate to expose the full extent of the threat these treaties pose to democracy and the labour movement," international trade union organizations say.
For decades, labour has been fighting purely defensive battles against the neo-liberal trade and investment agenda; we lack an agenda of our own. Lost ground will not be reclaimed on what is fundamentally hostile territory, argues Peter Rossmann of the IUF.
The new president needs a fresh approach to trade.
Beijing’s trade agreement with Australia allows Chinese companies to use their own workers. Is Canada next?
Some 2,000 members of the American Postal Workers Union have gathered in Miami where they are officially opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
A human rights organisation has condemned what it describes as "undignified" conditions faced by workers in Jordan’s Qualified Industrial Zones (QIZ), as well as violations at some textile factories outside these zones.
A meeting on Pacific labour mobility under the PACER Plus trade deal has a glaring omission – the voices of organised labour.
Uruguay, which will soon sign a free trade deal with Chile and upgrade its agreement with Mexico, has been invited by Colombia and Peru to turn its current agreements with them into an FTA as well
Workers attempting to exercise their rights have suffered at least 1,466 threats and acts of violence since the trade deal went into effect in 2012.
It is possible that the Transpacific Agreement may stimulate global trade flows. However, those of us that think that this mega – agreement, as in previous cases, will provide unequal benefits, have good reasons to be worried.
"The Administration appears to be resolute in forging a flawed trade agreement with countries that currently violate fundamental labor and human rights."
A long-running dispute over Guatemala’s compliance with the labor provisions in the Central American Free Trade Agreement won’t be resolved soon.
The Electrical Trades Union has lashed the Federal Government following revelations that seven Chinese workers were exploited and paid a fraction of their legal entitlements.
As leaked by Wikileaks on 25 May 2016
The Philippine government is hoping the EU-Philippines FTA wil facilitate more tuna exports to the EU, but the industry is riddled with issues of low wages, unfair labor practices, poor and slave-like working conditions.
New report from the International Trade Commission says the TPP would marginally boost the US economy over the next 15 years, but it also would erode employment in manufacturing sectors
Since a free trade agreement between the United States and Colombia came into force on May 15, 2012, exports from Colombia to the US have been cut in half while violence against labor rights workers persists.
Colombia has failed to enforce worker protections in a free trade agreement with the United States, U.S. and Colombian labor unions said, raising questions about similar provisions in the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
The controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will have negative effects on public health, jobs and the climate, according to the official impact assessment.