Sweatshops in Jordan
Two aspects of the article raise especially interesting questions. First, the article indicates that the apparel jobs have gone almost exclusively to foreign (largely Bangladeshi) workers. It is unlikely that the trade agreement was sold in Jordan based on the jobs that it would create for guest workers. The benefits to Jordan’s economy from this trade would be very limited.
Second, the Jordan trade pact actually included language on labor standards, unlike other trade deals of the last fifteen years. The conditions reported in this article suggest that this language has not had much impact on actual labor conditions.