Trade and labour
We manage New Zealand's input into the labour components of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements.
A trade/labour framework
The Government recognises that trading systems don't exist in a vacuum and have an impact on social, environmental and human rights issues.
Consistent with these objectives, New Zealand's trade negotiations are guided by trade/labour framework that sets out the main principles and issues for consideration when negotiating bilateral or multilateral trade agreements and Closer Economic Partnership (CEP) agreements.
The framework expresses the Government's commitment to ensuring the rules of free and fair trade will be consistent with the rules of the International Labour Organisation. In practice, this means that officials seek strong outcomes on labour issues in trade negotiations.