How do EU trade deals affect European workers’ rights?

How do EU trade deals affect European workers’ rights?

EU trade agreements typically include the commitment to follow international labour rules.

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The recent deal with Canada, for instance, forbids either side from seeking a competitive advantage by lowering workers’ rights. It includes rules on working conditions, health and safety, compensation for injury and illness, and a transparent dispute resolution process involving governments, employers and unions.

All EU members have ratified and remain bound by the International Labour Organization's eight core labour standards.

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