Trade Policy Statement
17.0 Trade and Labour Standards
The liberalization of international trade has increased awareness of the lack of core labour standards in some countries. While CFA believes that:
- The primary responsibility for dealing with labour standards should lie with the International Labour Organization, and
- Trade barriers should not be used to impose or enforce labour standards,
It recognizes that one of the functions of the WTO is to cooperate with international organizations 'with a view to achieving a greater coherence in global economic policy-making' (Article III, Paragraph 5 of the Marrakesh Agreement). There is a need for a strong and transparent consultative link between the World Trade Organization and the International Labour Organization.