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US and Honduras Sign Labor Rights Agreement

The United States and Honduras have agreed on a landmark rights commitment expected to improve the regions’ trade relationship and better standards for workers.

As part of the commitment, a comprehensive monitoring and action plan will be in place to address gaps in the enforcement of Honduran labor law, like inspecting for all alleged or potential violations in a workplace, which the U.S. Department of Labor called out in a February report.

According to a Labor Department statement this week, the new plan goes a step further the reforms sought in the previous report to include actions that not only address labor law enforcement challenges, but increase transparency and U.S.-Honduran stakeholder cooperation.

“To ensure that the benefits of trade are broadly shared, you need meaningful enforcement that protects workers and supports a growing and vibrant middle class at home and around the world,” U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, said. “Minister Madero and his team really stepped up to the plate to negotiate this promising and far-reaching agreement that will benefit Honduran workers as well as workers here in the United States.”

While in Washington, D.C. to sign the agreement, officials from the Honduran government and businesses in the country talked with experts from the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Mine Safety and Health Administration, to uncover best practices and identify areas for future collaboration.