Core Labour Standards Plus – #CLSPlus

CLS+ is about fighting for the rights of working poor in Asia. International trade through global value chains have put downward pressure on wages and working conditions in the region. To reverse this development, CLS+ is advocating for strong social clauses in trade agreements to protect the rights of workers together with other measures to push for decent work.

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FES in Asia

This website gives you regular updates of FES regional projects and activities across our Asia country offices.

It offers news articles on current debates and a range of research publications and policy briefs to download.

News

11.03.2020 | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Social partnerships for a just future world of work

Lifelong learning and vocational training are at the center of the the Regional Tripartite Social Dialogue Conference (RTSDC), held for the 10th time…


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09.03.2020 | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

No more race to the bottom – A Model Labour Chapter to enforce labour standards

By including enforceable labour standards in trade agreements, trade deals will also benefit workers. This Model Labour Chapter for European Union…


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06.03.2020 | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Decent work for all – How do we get there?

To make decent working conditions and inclusive development a reality for all, industrial policy can play a key role in the Asia-Pacific region.


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03.10.2019 | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

The right industrial policies can stimulate economic and social upgrading

Developing countries must do more than boost exports if they hope to improve workers’ lives. But which industrial policies have proven best at…


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15.10.2018 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | News

Targeted sanctions can help the EU promote labour standards beyond its borders

The use of targeted sanction solves the main problem with blanket sanctions—the indiscriminate impact—while preserving the most advantageous feature:…


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11.10.2018 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | News

Enforcing labour standards in trade agreements through a targeted approach to sanctions

Applying targeted sanctions to enforce labour standards in trade agreements and trade preferences can improve the incentive for compliance.


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Publications

Do Quynh Chi, Nguyen Huyen Le & Hoang Xuan Diem | #CLSPlus | Publication

From industrial policy to economic and social upgrading in Vietnam

Using case studies, the authors analyse the effects of industrial policies on the ground and provide tangible policy recommendations for…


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Petra Dünhaupt and Hansjörg Herr | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | Publication

Catching Up in a Time of Constraints: Industrial Policy Under World Trade Organization Rules, Free Trade

Petra Dünhaupt and Hansjörg Herr explore the complicated interaction between industrial policy and the constraint of an ever-tighter corset of rules…


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Peter-Tobias Stoll, Henner Gött, Patrick Abel | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | Publication

Model labour chapter for European Union trade agreements

Free trade agreements can lead to lower labour standards due to stronger competition and price pressure. By including enforceable labour standards in…


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Hansjörg Herr | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | Publication

Industrial Policy for Economic and Social Upgrading in Developing Countries

Without successful industrial policy, developing countries cannot catch up.


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Clara Portela | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | Publication

Enforcing Respect for Labour Standards with Targeted Sanctions

Applying targeted sanctions can deter violations of labour standards and improve compliance.


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Edlira Xhafa and Veasna Nuon | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | Publication

The Future of "Ethical Production" for Cambodia's Garment and Footwear Industry

This publication aims to determine who benefits from trade in the case of Cambodia and proposes policy recommendations to better distribute the…


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