Monday, 11.12.2017 - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Making Trade Benefit Workers by Reforming Trade Agreements

To ensure that the benefits of trade are more equally shared, special attention needs to be given to decent work in global value chains (GVCs) as the asymmetric power relationship between suppliers and MNEs leads to downward pressure on working conditions.

Reforming the labour chapter in trade agreements could improve this situation and ensure a level playing field. The pros and cons of such a reformed labour chapter, including the Model Labour Chapter commissioned by FES, and how labour provisions could be multilateralized were discussed.

Speakers: Bernd Lange, MEP and Chair of the Committee on International Trade (INTA), European Parliament; Patrick Abel, PhD Candidate and Research Fellow, Institute of International and European Law, University of Göttingen; Pradeep S Mehta, Secretary-General, CUTS International; Georgios Altintzis, Trade Policy Officer, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

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