Summary of U.S. Submission 2012-01 (Honduras)
The Submission alleges that the Government of Honduras has violated its commitments under the CAFTA-DR Labor Chapter, including those under Article 16.2.1(a) not to "fail to effectively enforce its labor laws, through a sustained or recurring course of action or inaction, in a manner affecting trade between the Parties."
In large part, the Submission alleges that the Government of Honduras has failed to effectively enforce its labor laws as defined under CAFTA-DR Article16.8 with respect to:
- the right of association;
- the right to organize and bargain collectively;
- the minimum age for the employment of children and the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labor; and
- acceptable conditions of work with respect to minimum wages, hours of work, and occupational safety and health.
The Submission specifically asserts such failures with respect to seven factories in the apparel and auto parts manufacturing sectors, nine plantations or farms in the agricultural sector, and enterprises at the Port of Cortés.