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The Workers Who Regret Trump’s Scrapping of a Trade Deal

Posted March 02, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues


(Neil Gough – New York Times)

Do Thi Minh Hanh, a labor activist, had grown accustomed to being beaten, hospitalized and jailed for her work in a country where independent trade unions are banned.

So it gave her hope for a reprieve when Vietnam reached a trade deal with the United States and other countries that called for its members to bolster workers’ rights and protect independent unions.

That hope fizzled in late January, when President Trump pulled the United States out of the trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, with the stroke of a pen.

“The Vietnamese government will use this as an excuse to suppress the labor movement,” Ms. Hanh said. “They never wanted to have independent unions in Vietnam.” Click here to read more.

Related: EU Presses Vietnam to Improve Human Rights Ahead of Trade Deal (Voice of America)