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This chapter points out how little the World Trade Organization (WTO) does to monitor the issues or to design trade rules with sensitivity to the objective of employment growth. So far, the WTO has not set any quantitative goals for income or employment growth, the trade ministers have alluded to their desire that the WTO promote the "benefit and welfare of their peoples", but the ministers are lackadaisical about keeping WTO negotiations on schedule. The chapter reviews the WTO's actions, and inactions, on the issue of employment. It also provides an overview of the employment-related provisions of WTO law, and an historical context for thinking about the status of employment issues in the WTO. The chapter then presents an agenda for incorporating an employment and social dimension into the work of the WTO.

Keywords: employment policy; labour rights; trade policy; World Trade Organization (WTO)



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