Guatemala: Analyst says Central American trade deal's failure to protect labour rights should inform TPP

Author: Dan DiMaggio, Labournotes, Published on: 13 October 2015

 “As TPP deal inked, Guatemala labor case unmasks free trade's empty promises”, 6 Oct 2015

In December, an arbitration panel will issue its ruling on a complaint brought by the U.S. under the Central American Free Trade Agreement against the Guatemalan government for failing to effectively enforce its labor laws…The TPP has been much criticized by unions, who say it…advances the rights of investors and corporations at the expense of workers and the environment…[Here is] the example of the first-ever labor case brought under a free trade agreement…Only 2 percent of Guatemala’s working population belongs to a union. It has become one of the most dangerous countries in the world for union activists…Anti-union violence isn’t among the complaint’s charges. The U.S. government argues that’s a problem that falls outside the scope of free-trade pacts...

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