Readout of Ambassador Tai’s Roundtable Conversation with European Union Labor Unions

October 20, 2021

BRUSSELS – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Deputy United States Trade Representative Jayme White today participated in a roundtable conversation with Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Claes-Mikeal Stahl from the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), and members of the European National Trade Unions.

Ambassador Tai reiterated the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to a worker-centered trade policy that seeks to deliver equitable prosperity and broad-based economic growth to all communities. They also discussed the recently launched U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC) and collaborating on labor issues within the Council. Ms. Burrows and the other union leaders highlighted their shared priorities related to labor and trade, including enforcement of labor provisions in free trade agreements and bringing labor issues into the WTO. They also discussed how trade can be more inclusive and beneficial for workers around the world. 

Ambassador Tai highlighted the United States’ commitment to working with multilateral organizations such as the WTO, G7, and the OECD to promote international workers’ rights, workplace safety, and transparency in supply chains. Ambassador Tai noted that continued cooperation between the United States and international trade unions and organizations is critical to ensuring that trade can benefit workers, their families, and their communities.