Social clauses in trade agreements aim to prevent countries from engaging in unfair competition by lowering labour standards to gain an advantage. Companies should compete on the basis of a level playing field and not by exploiting workers. Social clauses, however, are often considered to be ineffective.
With this in mind, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) has in cooperation with Bernd Lange, Member of the European Parliament, tasked a team of researchers to put together a model labour chapter that could be used in EU trade agreements. Here we present a draft version of the model chapter to serve as a basis for discussions with decisionmakers, policymakers and other stakeholders.
This paper has been produced under the framework of the regional project Core Labour Standards Plus by FES in Asia.
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