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The Eurasian Economic Union, composed of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, has concluded free trade agreements, see below. Today, life-saving drugs in Central America are more expensive because of THE protection of monopolies granted by CAFTA to pharmaceutical companies. And the headlines in several CAFTA countries do not talk about economic prosperity, but about economic instability, drug-related violence and forced migration. Meanwhile, CAFTA`s labour rules have failed to stop the killing of dozens of Central American trade union workers who were trying to stop unbridled work abuses, such as wage theft. On the other hand, the privileges of foreign investors in the pact have allowed multinationals to challenge national laws, including consumer and environmental protection. Ten years ago, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative CAFTA sold as the „best trade agreement of all time on work“ and boasted of world-class work rules. These provisions did not prevent the assassination of 68 Guatemalan trade unionists during the seven years of the pact without a single arrest. In 2008, the AFL-CIO and Guatemalan trade unions filed a formal complaint in accordance with CAFTA`s labour rules and called for an end to widespread anti-union violence, wage theft and other abuses. It was only six years and dozens of killings of trade unionists later that the U.S. government made an arbitration on the case. The United States has lost this case and proves that the labour standards model in U.S.

trade agreements is profoundly flawed. (If a case related to serious and endemic violence against trade unionists in Guatemala cannot be won, where could a case be successful under these rules….) Guatemalan trade union workers still face frequent attacks with almost total impunity. The People`s Republic of China has bilateral trade agreements with the blocs, countries and their two specific administrative regions:[13] Why has CAFTA, like US trade agreements before and since then, failed to stem the widespread abuse of labour? Kim Elliot, a member of the U.S. Free Trade Agreements` U.S. Free Trade Agreements, recently proposed this statement bluntly: the working provisions of U.S. trade agreements „are included because they are necessary to get congressional business.“ She added: „This is really about policy, not how to raise labour standards in these countries.“ After more than a decade of CAFTA, countries in the region are facing the plight of workers and farmers, corporate attacks on health and environmental legislation, political instability and deplorable human rights conditions. The agreement was sold with promises similar to those that forced NAFTA: new economic opportunities would be created for Central American citizens, who would see higher wages and better conditions, when there was no United States.