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.


  • 23.06.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

    Making trade work for workers

    Growing discontent with globalisation could turn into backlashes unless the EU brings its trade negotiations in line with its own human rights agenda...

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  • 19.06.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

    Workers should get their fair share of the pie

    Singapore (Singapore)—A new publication draws attention to the poor working conditions in global supply chains, and the link between trade and labour

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  • 17.06.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

    Fair recruitment for migrant workers a shared responsibility

    Kathmandu (Nepal) – The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) organized a meeting on improving recruitment...

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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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  • | Trade, labour and social dialogue | Publication

    Who benefits from trade?

    This publication reveals how trade and global value chains influence working conditions in Asia. It is based on research in the garment, footwear and...

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