Following President Obama’s meeting with Vietnamese President Troung Tan Sang last week to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), we are calling for TPP negotiations with Vietnam to be suspended until the Vietnamese government demonstrates that it has brought labor and human rights abuses to an end.
It’s no accident that average American families have seen our incomes decline over the last 20 years as politicians from both parties have signed “free trade” agreements that do nothing but trade away family-wage jobs, worker rights and food and consumer safety standards. The U.S. and the world cannot afford more race-to-the-bottom trade pacts that put corporate profits above human beings.
Now politicians are trying to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement, which would freely trade good American jobs and benefits for products produced in countries like Vietnam by workers who are forced to labor in sweatshops under unsafe working conditions.
A recent report by the Worker Rights Consortium entitled, “Made in Vietnam: Labor Rights Violations in Vietnam’s Export Manufacturing Sector,” provides concrete examples of how the Vietnamese government and unscrupulous employers maintain a low-wage regime:
Advocating for labor rights in Vietnam is more difficult than in China
Unsafe working conditions
Violent suppression of internationally-recognized workers’ rights
Excessive working hours
TAKE ACTION: Please help us urge President Obama and Congress to suspend TPP negotiations with Vietnam until it meets international labor and human rights standards.
Our trade agreements should create good-paying jobs and improve living conditions in the U.S. and around the world. Thank you for speaking out.
+ Concerned citizens and activists on trade in the Portland metro area meet as an ad-hoc group called PDX Trade Activists, monthly on fourth Wednesdays. Next one: the night of August 23rd, 2017.
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Voices of Free Trade + Job Loss
Larry was a 22-year veteran of Roseburg Forest Products, who lost his job due to increased foreign imports.
“There are lots of jobs out here at minimum wage. Most people can’t afford those jobs. They’ll lose everything. You just drive through the area and look at the ‘FOR SALE’ signs. It’s terrible… You’re just working from day to day and existing. And hoping that something awful doesn’t happen.”
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