Imposing tariffs on imported goods manufactured using poor labour or environmental practices

Posted on 18-01-17 by William Wetherell Number of votes: 1 | Number of comments: 1

Encouraging our trading partners to improve their labour and environmental practices.

Submission on imposing tariffs on imported goods manufactured using poor labour or environmental practices to the Economy, Business & Trade Commission of Labour's National Policy Forum

Imposing tariffs on imported goods manufactured using poor labour or environmental practices would answer in part the questions "How do we work with businesses, industry and trade unions to protect workers' rights and security at work?" and "How do we build fair and sustainable trade relationships with partners around the world to promote UK trade and take advantage of opportunities outside the European Union?" asked in the Economy, Business & Trade Commission's discussion paper.  It would encourage our trading partners to improve their labour and environmental practices.

The UK has some of the most stringent labour rights and environmental standards in the world, legislated for in the Working Time Regulations 1998, the Employment Rights Act 1996, the Pension Acts, the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 and the Environmental Protection Act 1990.  Imposing tariffs on imported goods manufactured using labour or environmental practices that are below these standards would encourage our trading partners to improve their labour and environmental practices.  The UK would assess manufacturers' compliance with these standards and offer advice to help them achieve compliance with these standards and consequent tariff-free trade.

I would like to submit a proposal to impose tariffs on imported goods manufactured using labour or environmental practices that are below UK standards, to assess manufacturers' compliance with these standards and to offer advice to help them achieve compliance with these standards and consequent tariff-free trade.

Referring to: Economy, Business and Trade

The Economy, Business and Trade Policy Commission develops Labour's economic and business policy, including industrial strategy and international trade.

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