Agreement on Labour Cooperation between Canada and Jordan
On June 28, 2009, Canada and Jordan signed a free trade agreement (FTA) and two parallel agreements in the areas of labour and environment. The Canada-Jordan Agreement on Labour Cooperation is based on cooperation between the Parties to promote and enforce fundamental labour principles and rights at work. It also provides for an open and transparent dispute resolution process. Both countries are obligated to respect the Labour Cooperation Agreement, and could face financial penalties if its provisions are not respected.
Key elements of the Labour Cooperation Agreement include:
- Canada and Jordan have committed to ensuring that their laws respect the International Labour Organization (ILO)’s 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
- Canada and Jordan are also committed to providing protections for occupational safety and health, migrant workers, acceptable minimum employment standards such as minimum wages and overtime pay, and compensation for occupational injuries and illnesses.
- The Agreement enables the public to submit complaints concerning the compliance of labour laws with the principles found in the ILO’s 1998 Declaration, or a perceived failure by a Party to enforce domestic labour legislation. Ultimately, an independent review panel may require the offending country to pay an annual assessment into a cooperation fund that will strengthen labour rights and address the matter that is the subject of the complaint.
Full text of agreement in PDF (131 KB)
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