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US leans on Guatemala to enforce trade pact rules

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Seven years after Guatemala signed Cafta, Guatemalan union leaders complain that they are still assassination targets, and businessmen still illegally fire workers.

The apparent failure to protect union workers has prompted the US to take unprecedented steps to force Guatemala to respond, in what may be part of President Obama's broader strategy to win support from US unions and Democrats in Congress for stalled trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea.

Those deals are key to his bid to boost job creation via trade.

Original source: Christian Science Monitor