Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Page 4343
How is Workers Comp Affected?
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is now the new buzzword in the political arenas. The controversial agreement was just released yesterday. How many times does it appear in the TPP? Will it affect WC?
Actually the TPP only mentions WC once. It is on page 4343. The complete section that begins on page 4341 is contained below.
The exact text is highlighted below in red.
Actually the TPP defines WC as social protection. If you want to see a copy of the massive text, you may find it here.
Article 19.10: Cooperation
1. The Parties recognise the importance of cooperation as a mechanism for effective
implementation of this Chapter, to enhance opportunities to improve labour standards and to
further advance common commitments regarding labour matters, including workers’
wellbeing and quality of life and the principles and rights stated in the ILO Declaration.
2. In undertaking cooperative activities, the Parties shall be guided by the following
(a) consideration of each Party’s priorities, level of development and available
(b) broad involvement of, and mutual benefit to, the Parties;
(c) relevance of capacity and capability-building activities, including technical
assistance between the Parties to address labour protection issues and activities
to promote innovative workplace practices;
(d) generation of measurable, positive and meaningful labour outcomes;
(e) resource efficiency, including through the use of technology, as appropriate, to
optimise resources used in cooperative activities;
(f) complementarity with existing regional and multilateral initiatives to address
labour issues; and
(g) transparency and public participation.
3. Each Party shall invite the views and, as appropriate, participation of its stakeholders,
including worker and employer representatives, in identifying potential areas for cooperation
and undertaking cooperative activities. Subject to the agreement of the Parties involved, cooperative activities may occur through bilateral or plurilateral engagement and may involve
relevant regional or international organisations, such as the ILO, and non-Parties.
4. The funding of cooperative activities undertaken within the framework of this Chapter
shall be decided by the Parties involved on a case-by-case basis.
5. In addition to the cooperative activities outlined in this Article, the Parties shall, as
appropriate, caucus and leverage their respective membership in regional and multilateral
fora to further their common interests in addressing labour issues.
6. Areas of cooperation may include:
(a) job creation and the promotion of productive, quality employment, including
policies to generate job-rich growth and promote sustainable enterprises and
(b) creation of productive, quality employment linked to sustainable growth and
skills development for jobs in emerging industries, including environmental
(c) innovative workplace practices to enhance workers’ well-being and business
and economic competitiveness;
(d) human capital development and the enhancement of employability, including
through lifelong learning, continuous education, training and the development
and upgrading of skills;
(e) work-life balance;
(f) promotion of improvements in business and labour productivity, particularly
in respect of SMEs;
(g) remuneration systems;
(h) promotion of the awareness of and respect for the principles and rights as
stated in the ILO Declaration and for the concept of Decent Work as defined
by the ILO;
(i) labour laws and practices, including the effective implementation of the
principles and rights as stated in the ILO Declaration;
(j) occupational safety and health;
(k) labour administration and adjudication, for example, strengthening capacity,
efficiency and effectiveness;
(l) collection and use of labour statistics;
(m) labour inspection, for example, improving compliance and enforcement
(n) addressing the challenges and opportunities of a diverse, multigenerational
(i) promotion of equality and elimination of discrimination in respect of
employment and occupation for migrant workers, or in the areas of
age, disability and other characteristics not related to merit or the
requirements of employment;
(ii) promotion of equality of, elimination of discrimination against, and the
employment interests of women; and
(iii) protection of vulnerable workers, including migrant workers, and lowwaged,
casual or contingent workers;
(o) addressing the labour and employment challenges of economic crises, such as
through areas of common interest in the ILO Global Jobs Pact;
(p) social protection issues, including workers’ compensation in case of
occupational injury or illness, pension systems and employment assistance
(q) best practice for labour relations, for example, improved labour relations,
including promotion of best practice in alternative dispute resolution;
(r) social dialogue, including tripartite consultation and partnership;
(s) with respect to labour relations in multi-national enterprises, promoting
information sharing and dialogue related to conditions of employment by
enterprises operating in two or more Parties with representative worker
organisations in each Party;
(t) corporate social responsibility; and
(u) other areas as the Parties may decide.
7. Parties may undertake activities in the areas of cooperation in paragraph 6 through:
(a) workshops, seminars, dialogues and other fora to share knowledge,
experiences and best practices, including online fora and other knowledgesharing
(b) study trips, visits and research studies to document and study policies and
(c) collaborative research and development related to best practices in subjects of
(d) specific exchanges of technical expertise and assistance, as appropriate; and
(e) other forms as the Parties may decide.
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