Has Free Trade with Peru Weakened the Rights of Working People?

September 8, 2015

This week, the U.S. ambassador to Peru, Brian A. Nichols, discussed the impact of the U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in an interview but failed to acknowledge that the increase in exports from Peru to the United States has not created decent work opportunities for Peruvian workers. Increased production has not resulted in higher wages, respect on the job or greater social mobility; instead, export industries have been characterized by poverty wages and rampant labor rights violations.

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