Trade Pressure Used to Support Workers

Publication Date: 

June 1, 2007

Philips- Van Heusen plant in Guatemala

The first time Guatemala was placed under review (probation) for eligibility of GSP benefits was in 1992 after US/GLEP (before the name changed to USLEAP) and nine other U.S. human rights, trade union and religious groups filed a worker rights petition with the support of the Guatemalan trade union movement. The AFL-CIO also filed a petition.

Labor Monitoring In Cambodia's Garment Industry: Lession for Africa

Publication Date: 

May 1, 2007

Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative has published a paper on the advances and setbacks in labor monitoring in Cambodia. It is based on research undertaken in the field, and identifies lessons that can be applied to the garment industry in Africa and other regions.

In a broader context, the paper draws attention to development paradigms that can undermine workers' rights, and the recent attempts to use improved labor standards as a competitive advantage in international trade. The paper highlights the need for greater international collaboration in this area.