Thursday, July 3, 2014

United States and Jordan Labor Subcommittee Meets

The Labor Subcommittee of the United States – Jordan Free Trade Agreement ("Jordan FTA") convened its second meeting on June 25-26, 2014, in Amman, Jordan. This is the Labor Subcommittee's second meeting.

The Jordan FTA, which went into effect in December, 2001, was the first U.S. trade agreement to include enforceable workers' rights. But trade experts said sweatshop conditions and other egregious abuses of workers' rights in Jordan had escalated because neither the U.S. nor the Jordanian government was committed to enforcing the rights they signed off on in the free trade agreement. On September 21, 2006, The National Textile Association joined with AFL-CIO, to file the first workers' rights case ever submitted under the Jordan FTA. The action also was the first time ever a business association formally joined in filing a workers' rights case under a trade agreement.

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