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...And the Twain Shall Meet? A North-South Controversy Over Labor Rights and Trade

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[Excerpt] No country or company should gain a commercial edge in international trade by jailing or killing union organizers, crushing independent union movements, or banning strikes. Gaining an advantage in labor costs should not depend on exploiting child labor or forced labor, or discriminating against women or oppressed ethnic groups. Deliberately exposing workers to life-threatening safety and health hazards, or holding wages and benefits below livable levels should not be permissible corporate strategies. But these are exactly the abuses that happen all too often in a rapidly globalized world trading system based on "free trade."

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Labor Research Review

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Vol. 1, Num. 23

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1995-04-01

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labor rights; forced labor; child labor; discrimination; gender; ethnicity; globalization

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