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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Four Countries That Don’t Comply With U.S. Trade Law

The current model  for U.S. free trade agreements (FTAs) is deeply flawed.  Since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), FTAs have perpetuated a global race to the bottom, as many countries seek to remain competitive in the global market and maintain low labor costs to attract business by ignoring, or in some cases actively interfering with, fundamental labor rights...Labor provisions, whatever they may be, require active monitoring, investigation and oversight in order to be effective and provide the necessary impetus to comply...The TPP should lead to the creation of decent work and protect the ILO’s core labor standards in partner trading countries with effective penalties for violations.  However, as at least four of the major countries included in the agreement would be out of compliance on the first day of the TPP, such an outcome appears unlikely.  In Mexico, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei, workers face ongoing and systemic abuse with either the complicity or direct involvement of the state...

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