Levin Statement on ILRF Complaint that Peru Labor Practices in Violation of Free Trade Agreement

Jul 23, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – Ways and Means Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) today issued a statement welcoming a complaint by the International Labor Relations Forum (ILRF) and Peruvian unions that alleges that the Peruvian government violated the labor chapter of the U.S-Peru free trade agreement (FTA):

“The complaint filed by numerous Peruvian labor unions and the International Labor Rights Forum primarily concerns the issue of employers using short-term contracts to undermine basic worker rights protected in the U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement. It is disconcerting that there’s been a failure to address this long-standing problem. The need to address this issue is important for the implementation of the May 10th Agreement, being negotiated as part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. We must ensure that worker rights obligations in Vietnam, Mexico, Malaysia, and Peru, as well as the other TPP Parties, are made real in the negotiation of TPP.”