Monday, August 02, 2010

CAFTA and other FTAs

The Obama administration is filing a labor law complaint against Guatemala, saying treatment of workers violates CAFTA rules.  The article quotes Chris Sabatini at Americas Society/Council of the America:


He said the decision to file the complaint was in part “an attempt to appease some elements of the A.F.L.-C.I.O. by demonstrating that the labor protections built into Cafta were not empty gestures.” 


I agree, but I would add more for a regional context.  The administration has continually expressed support (albeit tepid) for FTAs with Colombia and Panama, but treatment of labor has slowed them down to almost a halt.  By taking such a measure, the administration is also sending a signal to those who oppose those FTAs that it will take labor issues seriously.

2 comments:

leftside 7:46 PM  

If this gets Guatamala to pass the labor reforms that are very much needed, fantastic. However, Guatamala will argue what about the violations in El Salvador and in Honduras? We know those places are no workers paradise, yet they face no action. Ultimimately this shows the limitation of CAFTA's "labor and environmental rights" enforcement regime. It is prone to political manuevering and not really about workers rights. It is about the appearance of concern for workers rights. Real concern for workers rights would start with US companies doing the exploitation around the world.

Vicente Duque 10:53 AM  

I am 100% sure that Obama will be a friend of Trade and FTAs, when he becomes stronger.

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