Guatemala Responds to US Allegations

The government accepts ministerial queries from the USA relating to the enforcement of the country's labor laws.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Guatemalan government's Ministry of Foreign Affairs website reports that several months ago it suggested a broad review of the free trade agreement implementation. To date it has not received a response from the Office of the United States Trade Representative in Central America.

The ministry says this is why it is surprised by the way in which the USA has decided to raise the issue so publicly.

The communication also says that the government promises to carry out a detailed analysis of the US queries and reiterates its commitment to the protection of labor rights.

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The government has made a committment to the E.U. to submit a reform bill and its regulations within 60 days, so as not to adversely affect the labor market.

The U.S. has complained since 2010 that the Guatemalan government has not ensured acceptable working conditions and rights of association for its workers.

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The Dominican Republic, Central America and the U.S. agreed to make adjustments in agriculture, sanitary standards, textiles and disputes.

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The evidence that the process of this reform has started are the four decrees on labor regulations that were issued by the departing administration.

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