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Bundesminister Heil, The New Labor Agreement, And The Importance of Transatlantic Partnerships

February 26, 2019

On Monday, Federal Minister of Labor Hubertus Heil and US Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta signed a Joint Declaration of Intent on Labor Cooperation in Washington. In this Declaration, they call for a collective effort between the Germany and the United States to tackle systemic issues in the global market.

The new initiative raises labor, ecological, and legal standards, and uses the collective power and influence of our transatlantic partnership to address issues like child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking.

In an interview with the Wunderbar Together campaign, Bundesminister Heil sums up the growing necessity of the partnership, borrowing a phrase from our initiative: “We are Wunderbar Together because we share the same challenges as on the labor market, on the economy of the future: the question of the digital change of our society and the future of labor.”

Collective problems require both broad and common solutions. In the face of advancing markets, there exists a growing need for positive economic relations between Europe and the United States.

“There is interest from both sides of the Atlantic to find the right answers for the future,” he remarks.

 

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