No real protection for labour rights or migrant workers

Despite promises that the TPP would contain enforceable labour rights, governments only commit to implementing their own labour laws, not recognised international standards, and the products of forced and child labour are not banned.

Complaints can only be made if there is a “sustained or recurring” violation of labour rights in a manner affecting trade or investment, meaning public sector workers and others in non-traded sectors are not covered.

The enforcement process requires lengthy consultation and has not been effective in other agreements with similar clauses.

The TPP also removes labour market testing for vulnerable temporary migrant workers from eight TPP countries, meaning there’s no requirement to test if Australian workers are available.

This will create more exploitation of vulnerable workers  shown by recent studies.

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Updated: July 2018