Readout of Ambassador Tai’s Meeting with Philippine Labor Leaders

April 18, 2023

Manila, Philippines – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai today met with labor leaders from the Philippines and discussed the strong relationship between the United States and the Philippines. Ambassador Tai detailed President Biden’s commitment to empowering organized labor and his vision for worker-centered trade policies that benefit people around the world. Ambassador Tai highlighted her engagement with domestic and international labor leaders and the sustained U.S. support for the advancement of worker rights and protections in the Philippines.          
Ambassador Tai discussed the ongoing negotiations to develop the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework with high-standard labor commitments that facilitate a race to the top in trade. She also noted the importance of bringing governments, employers, and workers together to integrate the concerns of workers and create resilient, sustainable and inclusive trade policies across the region.
Ambassador Tai also heard concerns about significant challenges to human rights, freedom of association and collective bargaining.