Labour provisions in preferential trade agreements: Current practice and outlook
Siroën, Jean-Marc (2013), Labour provisions in preferential trade agreements: Current practice and outlook, International Labour Review, 152, 1, p. 85–106. 10.1111/j.1564-913X.2013.00170.x
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Journal nameInternational Labour Review
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Abstract (EN)While the WTO and Doha Development Round do not deal with labour issues – they leave this to the ILO – the main countries that conclude free trade agreements incorporate labour provisions, which vary in terms of stringency. Sanctions are rarely used, and fears that “social clauses” would serve protectionist purposes have proved to be unfounded. Labour provisions are designed to meet a variety of sometimes conflicting goals, by means of different mechanisms aimed at improving labour practices and promoting Decent Work; the author makes a number of suggestions in this regard.
Subjects / KeywordsDecent work; Free trade; GATT; ILO role; International agreement; Social implication; Trade agreement; WTO
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