Labor provisions in US free trade accords are weak and are not effectively enforced, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released Oct. 22. Major reforms are needed. The 36-page report, “A Way Forward for Workers’ Rights in US Free Trade Accords,” provides a roadmap for a new US administration to strengthen the requirements for workers’ rights in these agreements and to improve their enforcement. “The US approach to labor rights in its free trade agreements, beginning with NAFTA, has failed,” said Carol Pier, senior researcher on labor rights and trade at Human Rights Watch. “The government needs to make dramatic changes in its strategy.” The Human Rights Watch report outlines in detail elements needed to effectively guarantee labor rights, including recommendations on US free trade agreements.
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