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

  • 21.10.2019 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

    Mongolia’s missing mining taxes

    The extractive industry in Mongolia is making huge money for multinationals, but tax avoidance means this wealth is not translating into investments...

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  • 03.10.2019 | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

    The right industrial policies can stimulate economic and social upgrading

    Developing countries must do more than boost exports if they hope to improve workers’ lives. But which industrial policies have proven best at...

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  • 17.09.2019 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

    The pioneering FES Academy of Work gets a makeover in Bangladesh

    Two years after the first Academy of Work in Bangladesh, trainers have restyled the programme to better respond to the challenges of organized labour...

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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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