Mexico’s top trade negotiator said he hopes congressional Democrats can “appreciate” what Mexico’s reforms mean for labor rights throughout the continent.
The bill enshrines the right of Mexican workers to organize and gives them more control over their contracts.
The head of the largest US labor union said he opposes ratification of the new North American free trade pact, because he doubts Mexico will enforce labor reforms required by the deal.
Trade union representatives seek meaningful consultation by the government in the negotiations of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement or RCEP.
The European Commission warned that it will seek to launch an expert panel to review South Korea’s compliance with the free trade pact it signed with the European Union if it fails to ratify key international labor conventions.
USMCA bears many resemblances to NAFTA, which has been cited as a driver of low-wage corporate outsourcing.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said lawmakers could not take up the replacement for NAFTA unless Mexico passes legislation protecting workers’ rights. She also cited concerns over enforcement provisions, among other issues.
A workshop aimed to promote a collective analysis of border control, focusing on the power and impunity of transnational corporations, militarization, the externalization of borders, and the link between free trade and migration.
Several Democrats said a closed-door meeting between United States Trade Representative failed to ease their concerns about the new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s provisions on labor, biologic drugs and some other issues.
Australian unions stepped up their opposition to the deal as it currently stands and warned they would lobby a future Labor government to renegotiate the terms before it is ratified by parliament.
A failure to seriously resist NAFTA 2.0’s passage into law in Canada, the US and Mexico will amount to capitulation and the acceptance of an agreement that by design, like the original NAFTA, intrinsically serves the interests of Capital.
Investment treaties with ISDS provisions make it hard to tax foreign firms and worsen human rights and labor practices.
The European Commission asked South Korea to start consultations on labor issues under a dispute settlement mechanism in the Trade and Sustainable Development chapter in the bilateral free trade agreement implemented in 2011.
The CGT, the French Trade Union Confederation and ZENROREN the Japanese Trade Union are calling on MEPs not to ratify JEFTA and to demand transparent negotiations in which workers’ unions have their say.
Final text weakens and nullifies protections against work discrimination.
It is unrealistic to expect even the most gold-plated labour provisions in FTAs to redress the vast power imbalance between workers and gigantic, internationally mobile corporations.
Many SEZs have been associated with compressions of land, labour and human rights. Investment treaties protect investments against adverse regulatory change, including in SEZs. To date, investors have brought at least 20 arbitrations to challenge diverse aspects of SEZ regimes.
Trade unions from Africa and Europe have followed with grave concern the negotiation and conclusion of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the EU and regional groupings in Africa.
Extreme right-wing, anti-immigration and Islamophobic parties tend to oppose so-called "free trade" agreements.
As part of the Change the Rules campaign, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) and the broader union movement have raised significant concerns with Labor and the Government about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.