Global Worker Rights

The Gold Standard for Workers?

This report seeks to shed light on the state of labor rights and commitments among the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) partner countries. Respect for labor rights is at the core of increasing jobs, raising wages and creating broadly shared prosperity. Unfortunately, the grim conditions facing workers in TPP partner countries were not effectively addressed in the TPP text or consistency plans. The failure of the TPP to incorporate needed improvements to labor commitments that already have proved themselves inadequate in previous agreements belies the agreement's stated commitment to workers. Overall, the TPP is likely to harm U.S. manufacturing interests, cost good jobs, suppress wages, and threaten our democracy and economic security interests, while doing little to improve conditions for workers in the United States and overseas.

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