Guatemala Urged to Improve Labor Standards

Brands like Adidas, American Eagle Outfitters, Gap, Liz Claiborne, Nike, Phillips-Van Heusen and Vanity Fair asked the Government of Guatemala to review labor laws.

Friday, May 4, 2012

A group of U.S. retailers and brands such as Adidas, American Eagle Outfitters, Gap, Liz Claiborne, Nike, Phillips-Van Heusen (PVH) and Vanity Fair (VF) said they want to see a "timely resolution" to the labor demands presented in 2008 against Guatemala under the framework of DR-CAFTA.

Guatemalan and U.S. unions AFL-CIO recently asked the U.S. to initiate arbitration against the Central American country for not making progress in implementing CAFTA labor standards, according to unions.

In a letter sent to President Otto Perez on Monday, U.S. companies say they "doing something would mark a major step towards restoring the reputation of Guatemala as a country where socially responsible companies can do business with confidence" published Elperiodico.com.gt.

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