Free trade does not automatically lead to benefits for all. In several countries in Asia we are witnessing a race to the bottom. Fundamental labour rights are not being upheld. Wages, more often than not, are too low to sustain a decent living.
We advocate for fairer trade agreements. We believe that binding social clauses are necessary to ensure decent working conditions.
We cooperate with trade unions to promote labour standards and decent working conditions. A strong representation of workers through trade unions is an integral component to advancing social democracy around the world.
We want to promote and strengthen social dialogue in Asia. Bringing social partners and governments together is key for achieving a stronger social dimension. We support activities to deepen mutual understanding between social partners.
Phnom Penh (Cambodia) – Reforming international trade agreements and preferential schemes are an important tool to overcome serious challenges the...
Brussels (Belgium) – “Trade agreements are instruments to improve the situation the participating nations find themselves in.”
Growing discontent with globalisation could turn into backlashes unless the EU brings its trade negotiations in line with its own human rights agenda...
A draft version of the model chapter to serve as a basis for discussions with decisionmakers, policymakers and other stakeholders.
This publication estimates the potential tariff savings for EU importing companies upon entry into force of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement.
This publication examines social or labour chapters in trade agreements, explores the reasons for their ineffectiveness and provides policy...