Labor Dimension of Globalization and Free Trade Agreements: Impacts and Labor Provisions

Enforcement and awareness of labor legislation
Working conditions
Employment policies and programs
Event date: 
Santo Domingo
Host Country: 
Dominican Republic
  • Gain a broader understanding of the labor dimension of globalization, in particular, the impact of growing economic interdependence (trade, investment, finance and the organization of production globally) on employment and wages. 
  • Deepen the analysis of the objectives and components of labor provisions incorporated in FTAs and acknowledge how these provisions have evolved. 
  • Analyze the role of Ministries of Labor in trade negotiations.

This Workshop was part of the IACML Calendar of Activities for 2010-2011, and it was held prior to the First Working Groups Meeting within the framework of the XVI IACML.It was jointly organized by the Canadian Labour Program, the Ministry of Labor of the Dominican Republic and the Organization of American States (OAS).

Relevant documents: 


  • Officers from the Ministries of Labour of 26 OAS Member States responsible for international relations
  • Representatives from COSATE and CEATAL
  • Representatives from ILO, ECLAC, European Commission, civil society, researchers, as well as experts in the field

Welcome remarks

Ambassador Anibal Quiñónez, Permanent Representative of the Organization of American States in the Dominican Republic

Panel 1 – Labor impact of globalization

ILO - Presentation from Janine Berg, Employment Specialist of the ILO Office in Brazil
ARGENTINA – Marta Novick, Under-Secretary for Technical Programming and Labor Studies, Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security
COSATE - Teresa Healy, Senior Researcher of the Canadian Labour Congress
CEATAL - Brian Burkett, Counselor of the Canadian Employers Council
Open Dialogue

Panel 2 – Labor provisions of free trade agreements and integration processes

OAS - Introductory remarks by moderator Maryse Robert, Chief of the Trade Office, Department of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism, SEDI, OAS.
International Institute for Labor Studies - Introductory presentation from Anne Posthuma, Senior Researcher or the International Institute for Labor Studies, and author of the Chapter on this issue of the “World of Work Report 2009” (30’)
Round Table
• BRAZIL - Mario Barbosa, Special Advisor on International Affairs, Ministry of Labor and Employment of Brazil
• MEXICO - Anel Valencia, Sub-coordinator of Hemispheric Labor Policy, Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare of Mexico
• CHILE - Pablo Lazo, Advisor of the General Directorate for International Economic Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile
• UNITED STATES - Gregory Schoepfle, Director of the Office of Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA) at the United States Department of Labor
• BARBADOS - Victor Felix, Labour Commissioner, Ministry of Labor and Immigration of Barbados
• CANADA - Pierre Bouchard, Director, Bilateral and Regional Labour Affairs, Canadian Labour Program, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
• DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Andres Marranzini, Under-Secretary of Labor, Ministry of Labor of the Dominican Republic
• Special guest: Luis Manuel Portero, Trade and Sustainable Development, DG TRADE, European Commission
Open dialogue