Nearly half of all trade agreements concluded in the past five years include either a labour chapter or labour provision that makes reference to international labour standards and ILO instruments. Are these provisions a vehicle for Decent Work? The question has been at the centre of a conference organised, in December, by the ILO where the study Assessment of Labour Provisions in Trade and Investment Arrangements was presented.
According to the ILO, the evidence so far suggests that labour provisions have been an important tool for raising awareness and improving laws and legislations with respect to workers’ rights, increasing stakeholder involvement in negotiation and implementation phases, and developing domestic institutions to better monitor and enforce labour standards.
But challenges remain…
For this reason, in the framework of the recent Ecuador’s accession to the EU's free trade agreement with Colombia and Peru, SOLIDAR – together with its member FOS as well as ASTAC, ActionAid France/Peuples solidaires, Buy Responsibly Foundation, Fair Trade Advocacy Office, Mai Bine, Oxfam Germany, and Südwind – sent a letter to members of the European Parliament
Finally, in the framework of the Progressive Lab for Sustainable Development - a joint initiative between the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D) and SOLIDAR - this same question will be raised in relation to the Economic Partnership Agreements between the EU and ACP countries and the revision of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement.
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