Fri, Aug 10, 2012 - Page 3 News List

New deal a ‘defeat:’ opposition

DISAPPOINTING:The DPP and TSU slammed the cross-strait agreement on investment protection, saying China had made no concessions and had ‘got everything it wanted’

By Chris Wang and Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff reporters

Lai said the agreement is “surprisingly regrettable.”

A Taiwan Labor Front supervisory board member, Chang Feng-yi (張烽益), panned the agreement for not having any clause protecting workers’ rights.

“In most trade agreements — including the one that Taiwan signed with Japan — there are clauses prohibiting both parties to stimulate investments by lowering labor standards,” Chang said. “It’s regrettable that there’s no such requirement in the cross-strait trade agreement.”

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