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US delays Cafta panel on Guatemala labor rights

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The government of the United States has decided to suspend an arbitration panel with Guatemala, where the Central American country was accused of failing to protect workers' rights.

If an arbitration process were to be launched, it could affect trade relations between the two countries, said Guatemala's economy minister, Sergio de la Torre.

US officials requested an investigation last year after labor unions accused Guatemala of not protecting against child labor and overtime pay. However, De la Torre said the United States is willing to suspend the process if it sees an improvement in the country's working conditions.

Full story (in Spanish)