San Salvador.– Officials from the United States, Central America and the Dominican
Republic held the first meeting of the Labor Affairs Council
established under the Dominican Republic–Central America–United States
Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA).
The council is responsible for overseeing the implementation of, and for reviewing progress under, the Labor Chapter of the DR-CAFTA, including the activities of the Labor Cooperation and Capacity Building Mechanism established under the Labor Chapter.
The council reaffirmed the importance of each party fulfilling its commitments under the Labor Chapter, including the effective enforcement of each party’s labor laws and respect for the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
"We see the DR-CAFTA countries as crucial partners on labor matters in the hemispheric dialogue. We are all equal partners in the free trade agreement, and share a foundation of common interests and goals. Labor cooperation is an important part of our regional trade relationship,” said Howard M. Radzely, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor.