Trade, labour and social dialogue

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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.

News

  • 12.10.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

    Going the distance: Making trade benefit workers

    Geneva (Switzerland) – Global trade has triggered challenges for workers’ rights and how to address them was the focus of a session by...

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  • 26.09.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

    Protecting workers' rights in trade

    Singapore – A model labour chapter to EU trade agreements and preferences commissioned by FES can pave way to stronger implementation of labour...

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  • 20.09.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | Event, News

    Making trade benefit workers

    Geneva (Switzerland) – Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is hosting a working session at the World Trade Organization Public Forum in Geneva on 27 September...

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Publications

  • Peter-Tobias Stoll, Henner Gött and Patrick Abel | Trade, labour and social dialogue | Publication

    Model Labour Chapter for EU Trade Agreements

    A draft version of the model chapter to serve as a basis for discussions with decisionmakers, policymakers and other stakeholders.

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  • Petra Dünhaupt | Trade, labour and social dialogue | Publication

    Estimated Tariff Savings from the Trade Agreement between the EU and Vietnam − EVFTA

    This publication estimates the potential tariff savings for EU importing companies upon entry into force of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement.

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  • Madelaine Moore and Christoph Scherrer | Trade, labour and social dialogue | Publication

    Conditional or promotional trade agreements – Is enforcement possible?

    This publication examines social or labour chapters in trade agreements, explores the reasons for their ineffectiveness and provides policy...

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