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Peru Considers Decree To Address Labor Law Violations Under U.S. FTA

Inside U.S. Trade

The decree is in response to a March Labor Department report that raised “serious concerns” on whether Peru is upholding laws allowing the the freedom of association with trade unions as required by FTA Article 17.2.1(a). The report, which stopped short of finding actual violations, was in response to a July 2015 petition filed by the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) and eight Peruvian groups that accused Peru of violating its FTA by failing to uphold those labor laws.

United States: A Loophole In CBP's Forced Labor Statute Just Closed, And Every U.S. Importer Should Take Note


On March 29, 2016, following on the heels of the elimination of the consumptive demand exception, CBP issued two detention orders based on information obtained by CBP indicating that a Chinese company and its subsidiaries utilize convict labor in the production of certain commodities. The commodities barred from import by these orders are soda ash, calcium chloride, caustic soda, viscose/rayon fiber, potassium, potassium hydroxide and potassium nitrate. The expectation is that CBP will follow these orders with published findings.

DOL Official Defends Peru FTA Labor Report; Pledges To Maintain Pressure

Inside U.S. Trade

Eric Gottwald, legal and policy director at ILRF, said the DOL report substantiates all of the claims made in the original petition even though the DOL stopped short of finding FTA violations.

"The reason I am pleased with the report is that [DOL has] serious concerns, and that is a good signal," Gottwald said. "They did their investigation. From what they gleaned from their investigation … they think there are real problems with the short-term contract law."

Customs Cracks Down on Imports Made by Forced Labor


The U.S. Department of Labor releases an annual list of products made by forced or child labor, as well as another watch list on child labor, in which a number of major apparel-producing countries, including Bangladesh, China and Vietnam, have been cited for the practice in industries including apparel, textile and footwear manufacturing, and cotton production and gem and metal mining.

US Labor Department Report Raises Concerns About Peru’s Textile and Apparel Industries

Sourcing Journal

Last summer’s submission—filed by the International Labor Rights Forum, Perú Equidad and seven Peruvian workers’ organizations—accused the government of failing to enforce its labor laws effectively. It also said that Peru’s law governing employment contracts for NTEs is incompatible with freedom of association and cited specific instances to support its allegation.

US confirms labour concerns in Peru apparel sector


A US Department of Labour report has raised significant concerns about workers' rights and labour law enforcement in Peru's textile and apparel sectors - leading to new questions regarding the labour rights record of a key member of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)....

It responds to claims filed by the International Labor Rights Forum, Perú Equidad and seven Peruvian worker rights organizations that allege Peru's law governing employment contracts for non-traditional export (NTE) sectors (which include agricultural products) is incompatible with freedom of association.