Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Oman decree on workers unions strengthens FTA

The US-Oman FTA requires Oman to broaden workers' rights to form unions. Why? It makes Omani goods more costly; it's a form of protection against free trade. It is inconsistent with free trade. So why did the US bargain for that condition? The US Congress must approve trade agreements; this is a way to buy enough Democrat votes to garner passage of the agreement.

UPDATE: Much more coverage of the US-Oman agreement here.

UPDATE 2: "US Democrats opposed to a free trade pact with Oman said that new reforms to the country's labour laws fall short of what is needed to win their support for the agreement.... they said a provision against forced labour was inadequate because it "does not address the withholding of workers' documents" - a situation the US State Department has said sometimes prevents foreign workers in Oman from changing jobs."



Blogger Dubai Entrepreneur said...

John, that link doesn't work.

9:32 PM  
Blogger John B. Chilton said...


Link fixed. Thanks.


6:24 AM  

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