Core labor norms.
In the discussions about finding resolutions to the different practices in the E.U. and U.S. for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership now being negotiated, the Süddeutsche Zeitung mentioned some differences in labor laws.
All 28 E.U. countries have ratified all eight of the International Labour Organization’s core labor norms, the S.Z. said.
- “Coalition freedom,” freedom to associate, i.e. employees’ right to freely organize themselves, e.g. into unions.
- The right to collectively negotiated wage agreements.
- Transitional rules on forced labor.
- The abolition of forced labor and compulsory labor in general, particularly in response to private enterprises’ purchasing or renting of convict labor.
- Equal pay for equal work done by men and women.
- A minimum age for entering into a work relationship.
- A ban on discrimination at work on the basis of race, skin color, gender, religion, political opinion, national origin or social origin.
- A ban on the “worst forms” of child labor.
The United States has only ratified two of these norms: the ban of the “worst forms” of child labor and the transitional rules on forced labor.
(CAIRN ah bites norman.)