Resisting the race to the bottom on working conditions
The Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET), an network of unions, church, environment, health and other community groups, has produced a flyer addressing the issue for workers arising from free trade agreements
“Trade agreements should” the flyer reads “be underpinned by enforceable commitments to basic labour rights as agreed by most governments through the United Nations International Labour Organisation.”
“We want governments in the Trans-Pacific trade agreement to commit to enforce these rights, including freedom to join unions, the right to collective bargaining, no forced labour, no child labour and no discrimination in the workplace”.
Without implementation of basic rights at work, free trade agreements can lead to a race to the bottom on working conditions.