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US laws comply with global fundamental labour rights

Author: Ronnie L. Goldberg, US Council for International Business; Randel K. Johnson, US Chamber of Commerce, in Financial Times, Published on: 8 September 2010

The Human Rights Watch report referenced in your September 2 article “Groups attacked on US labour practice” reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of international labour standards and US labour law. In the first instance, European Union labour laws do not define international labour standards...Second, US labour law is consistent with the principles and policy objectives that underpin the ILO’s fundamental labour rights. The fact that US and EU labour laws differ in technical details does not make US laws “weak”...Finally, US labour law is clear that employees have a right to choose whether to join a labour union. There is no international standard against “discouraging workers from forming unions”.

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