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.


  • 07.11.2018 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

    As Vietnam revises labour law, FES and partners debate the opportunity to improve workers’ rights

    The ongoing revision of Vietnam’s Labour Code is an opportunity to ensure workers’ rights are better protected in the economy of the 21st Century.

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  • 02.11.2018 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

    Mega-sporting events under a working conditions spotlight

    Campaigns around mega-sporting events can support trade union work in the fight for better working conditions for migrant workers.

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  • 15.10.2018 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | News

    Targeted sanctions can help the EU promote labour standards beyond its borders

    The use of targeted sanction solves the main problem with blanket sanctions—the indiscriminate impact—while preserving the most advantageous feature:...

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  • Clara Portela | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | Publication

    Enforcing Respect for Labour Standards with Targeted Sanctions

    Applying targeted sanctions can deter violations of labour standards and improve compliance.

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  • Edlira Xhafa and Veasna Nuon | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | Publication

    The Future of "Ethical Production" for Cambodia's Garment and Footwear Industry

    This publication aims to determine who benefits from trade in the case of Cambodia and proposes policy recommendations to better distribute the...

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  • Jakir Hossain, Mostafiz Ahmed and Jafrul Hasan Sharif | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | Publication

    Linking Trade and Decent Work in Global Supply Chains in Bangladesh

    The study highlights power imbalances in the industrial and labour relations along the global supply chain and offers recommendations for all actors...

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