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

  • Wednesday, 10.07.19 to Thursday, 11.07.19 - Hanoi, Viet Nam | Trade, labour and social dialogue | Event, News

    Industrial policy can support economic and social upgrading

    Which industrial policies support economic and social upgrading the most, and how? Experts studying best practices from across Asia meet in Hanoi to...

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  • 07.06.2019 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

    Trade deals need to benefit workers too

    For a trade deal to be fair, it must benefit workers all along the supply chain. To make sure this happens, workers must have a say in policies and...

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  • 30.04.2019 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

    Join us this International Workers’ Day to call for #WorkersRights4All

    In a changing world of work we need to recognize that all workers are workers, whether formal or informal, entitled to rights at work that guarantee...

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Publications

  • Hansjörg Herr | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | Publication

    Industrial Policy for Economic and Social Upgrading in Developing Countries

    Without successful industrial policy, developing countries cannot catch up.

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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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