From Bangladesh to Burma and throughout Asia, the AFL-CIO assists workers in their struggles to form unions and maintain them. In Burma, trade unions are trying to register new unions under a recently passed labor law. In Bangladesh, workers in shrimp processing plants are seeking to improve their working conditions.
Today, the Obama administration made the disastrous decision to upgrade Malaysia—a major player in the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement—on its annual Trafficking in Persons report. This clearly political decision undermines the credibility of important anti-trafficking efforts and underscores the fact that the Obama administration is willing to pursue its anti-worker trade agenda at all costs. It is also yet another sign that the TPP will only continue a global race to the bottom in wages and working conditions.
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