Several knotty issues related to labour, environment and sustainability that have emerged in negotiations between India and the European Union on a free trade agreement will require political guidance for further progress
The entry into force in 2006 of the CAFTA-DR represented a notable boost to Nicaraguan exports of products made in companies that operate under the free trade zone regime, which required the hiring of a lot of labor.
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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New worker representatives push for renewal under the cross-border agreement to punish labor violations.
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.
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.
Unions from both sides of the Atlantic accuse Boris Johnson’s government of failing to grasp importance of labour rights.
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).
The government will not allow more Indians to come to the UK through new visa routes in any UK-India free trade deal.
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”.
The US is investigating labor-rights violations in Mexico and expects to bring more complaints under the USMCA.
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.
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.