Thursday, May 14, 2009

Study of the impact of DR-CAFTA on labor rights

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) has released a report on the impact of the DR-CAFTA trade agreement on the labor conditions in the Central American countries who are parties to the pact with the US. From the executive summary:

Despite the promises by the governments and U.S. funding, labor conditions in the DR-CAFTA countries have not improved and violations continue unabated. WOLA also finds that the governments are unable or unwilling to reform the labor legislation identified in the White Paper, and that the judicial systems continue to be inefficient and incapable of enforcing judgments.

The 28 page report reviews the DR-CAFTA countries in several areas, and finds little improvement. Although there are some promising initiatives in El Salvador and other countries, the larger dynamics affecting workers' rights have not yet moved significantly.

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