Accession Number : ADA543375
Title : Proposed U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement: Labor Issues
Descriptive Note : Congressional research rept.
Corporate Author : LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
Personal Author(s) : Bolle, Mary J
Report Date : 14 Apr 2011
Pagination or Media Count : 19
Abstract : This report examines three labor issues and arguments related to the pending proposed U.S.- Colombia Free Trade Agreement (CFTA): violence against trade unionists; impunity (accountability for or punishment of the perpetrators); and worker rights protections for Colombians. For general issues relating to the CFTA, see CRS Report RL34470, Proposed U.S.- Colombia Free Trade Agreement: Background and Issues, by M. Angeles Villarreal. For background on Colombia and its political situation and context for the agreement, see CRS Report RL32250, Colombia: Issues for Congress, by June S. Beittel. Opponents of the pending U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement (CFTA) argue against it on three points: (1) the high rate of violence against trade unionists in Colombia; (2) the lack of adequate punishment for the perpetrators of that violence; and (3) weak Colombian enforcement of International Labor Organization (ILO) core labor standards and Colombia's labor laws. Proponents of the agreement argue primarily for the proposed Colombia FTA on the basis of economic and national security benefits. Accordingly, they argue, the CFTA would support increased exports, expand economic growth, create jobs, and open up investment opportunities for the United States. They also argue that it would reinforce the rule of law, spread values of capitalism in Colombia, and anchor hemispheric stability.
Descriptors : *ECONOMICS , *COLOMBIA , *LABOR , *INTERNATIONAL TRADE , *AGREEMENTS , COMMERCE , ORGANIZATIONS , EXPORTS , ACCOUNTABILITY , SECURITY , STANDARDS , STABILITY , LAW ENFORCEMENT , NATIONAL SECURITY , POLITICAL SCIENCE , UNITED STATES , CONGRESS , INTERNATIONAL
Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
Personnel Management and Labor Relations
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE