US Charges Guatemala With Rampant CAFTA Labor Violations

Law360, New York (November 4, 2014, 12:24 PM EST) -- U.S. trade officials came out swinging on Monday in their labor case against Guatemala, citing more than 400 instances in which the country has failed to sufficiently enforce its labor laws in the shipping, steel, apparel and agricultural sectors as required by the Central American Free Trade Agreement.

In a 70-page brief, the U.S. fired its first salvo in the long-delayed arbitration, which was restarted in September after Guatemala failed to sufficiently improve its enforcement regime as required under a bilateral action plan between the parties.

"The instances that demonstrate Guatemala's failures recounted and carefully documented in this submission occurred over...

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