Opinion | Can trade agreements be a friend to labour?4 min read . Updated: 20 Sep 2018, 09:28 PM IST
Labour rights are too important to leave to trade negotiators alone. To date, labour clauses in trade agreements have remained a fig leaf, neither raising labour standards abroad nor protecting them at home
Labour advocates have long complained that international trade agreements are driven by corporate agendas and pay little attention to the interests of working people. The preamble of the World Trade Organization Agreement mentions the objective of “full employment", but otherwise, labour standards remain outside the scope of the multilateral trade regime.
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