Free Trade Agreements and Free Trade Zones

Free Trade Agreements between countries often lead to the erosion of social policies that protect workers and the environment. From NAFTA to the TPP, international trade agreements often undermine human rights, workplace health and safety, and environmental protection legislation.

Free Trade Zones (FTAs) or Special Economic Zones, areas in countries where governments allow companies to operate for export, without taxation, and exempt from local labour laws and environmental protection regulations, have seen numerous reports of sweatshop conditions. The huge profits that are generated by the liberal trade policies don’t trickle down to the workers that work in them.