Guatemala Agrees to Compliance with Labor Laws

The U.S. is withdrawing from suing the Guatemalan State for breach of labor rules before an international tribunal provided by the DR-CAFTA.

Friday, April 12, 2013

"In order to prevent the creation of an international panel that could lead to Guatemala paying a penalty of up to $15 million for violating labor laws, the Government has agreed with the United States to abide by a commitment to a plan to implement policies respecting these rules ", reported

According to Carlos Contreras, Minister of Labour, the plan contains 18 points and the requirements must be effective in 30 to 180 days. Meanwhile, the suit filed in 2008 by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), has been suspended amid complaints from the maquila sector.

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