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Steel rules for cars stall progress on the revised Nafta agreement
US rules-of-origin demand presents new challenge for Mexico. Requirements for cars are among most complicated USMCA topics.
Mexico offers compromise to end impasse with US over new Nafta
Mexico is willing to allow panels with US and Mexican judges to resolve labor disputes at specific factories but rejected requests to allow international inspectors to enter Mexican factories.
Top Mexican official floats prospect of labor tweak for continental trade deal
Adjustments could be made to how labor disputes are handled in the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement trade deal to help push through its ratification in the United States.
France says post-Brexit trade deal requires UK to align with EU standards
The EU and UK can reach an agreement on a future trade relationship provided that Britain sticks closely to Europe’s labour and environmental standards, according to France’s trade minister.
Vietnam to allow independent trade unions, delay retirement
The adoption of the law" is expected to pave the way for the ratification of several free trade agreements Vietnam has signed, including one with the European Union.
Union head urges House Democrats to seek better USMCA trade deal
The head of the largest US union confederation urged House Democrats to withhold support for the stalled USMCA until the Trump administration makes more changes to the enforcement provisions.
The new NAFTA won’t protect workers’ rights
Trump’s new United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement repeats the disasters of the original agreement.
After a week in Hanoi: What we need to make a EU-Vietnam trade deal work
Will this trade deal help improve people’s livelihoods and rights, and offer a brighter future for Vietnamese at home? Or will it make matters worse.
RCEP: Does free trade reduce inequalities, ask Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo in their new book
Data shows that poverty reduction slows down in areas impacted the most strongly by trade liberalisation, says the book.
Unions call on government of India to withdraw from mega economic treaty RCEP
Ten Central Trade Unions (CTUs) have called on the Government to withdraw from the RCEP negotiations due to concerns over its possible negative impacts on workers and the economy.
House Dems after meeting with Richard Trumka: No vote on Trump’s NAFTA if worker concerns go unaddressed
AFL-CIO President met with House Speaker and Ways and Means Chairman to hash out labor’s concerns in ongoing discussions over President Donald Trump’s renegotiated NAFTA deal.
Michel Barnier tells UK: ignore EU regulatory standards at your peril
EU Brexit negotiator links free-trade deal with the UK to workers’ rights and environmental protection.
Call for regional action against RCEP
Unions in Asia Pacific hold a series of synchronised actions, to voice their positions and opposition to RCEP deal.
RCEP: As deadline looms, trade unions call out dangerous clauses
Negotiators representing 16 countries have been tasked with arriving at an agreement on the controversial Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership by October 19 but trade unions say the deal has grave consequences.
Maquiladoras and the exploitation of migrants on the border
The signing of NAFTA in 1994 expanded the viability of the maquiladora industry. More importantly, it served to deepen uneven economic and political relationships between Mexico and the United States.
Indonesia trade deal faces Senate hurdles
The minister responsible for striking international trade deals is trying to ease concerns about a potential influx of Indonesian workers.
AFTINET joins Unions to rally against ratification of Hong Kong agreement
AFTINET has joined with the ACTU, APHEDA and other Union and community groups to stand in solidarity with workers and pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
Post-Brexit US trade deal: Chlorinated chicken could be the tip of the iceberg, warns UK union
Chlorinated chicken, as part of a post-Brexit free trade deal with the US, is “the thin end of the wedge” that could impact public health and threaten thousands of jobs in the UK food processing industry.
EU-Vietnam trade deal shows EU will bend human rights standards if the price is right
The new EU-Vietnam free trade agreement (FTA) shows the EU will look past human rights violations to push a trade agenda. But as FTAs with ASEAN states don’t offer the EU the same economic benefits, it’s unlikely the bloc will pen more in the near future.
RCEP talks: New Zealand ready to ease work-visa rules for India
India’s demand for easier movement of workers and professionals is being considered seriously by New Zealand and could be met provided market barriers to the Country’s goods are eased