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Labor Rights in Guatemala Aided Little by Trade Deal

Date: March 16, 2007
Author: Peter S. Goodman
QUOTE: Nearly two years have passed since the countries of Central America vowed to strengthen worker rights as they sought votes in Congress for the Central American Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA. Yet there has been little if any progress, according to diplomats, labor inspectors, workers and managers...Guatemalan authorities said the American-funded programs did not tackle the root cause of abuse -- the power of employers to manipulate labor inspectors and judges.

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