China and U.S. sign labor agreements

June 21, 2004 at 8:46 PM

BEIJING, June 21 (UPI) -- The United States and China signed four documents Monday in Beijing that broaden cooperation in labor, employment and workplace safety.

The four agreements represent the U.S. Department of Labor's most comprehensive engagement with China on labor issues, U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao said in a statement.

"The U.S. Labor Department is committed to working with its Chinese counterparts to share information and practices that will help ensure that the development of labor standards in China keep pace with China's rapid economic development," said Chao, who was in Beijing for the signing ceremony.

"These agreements are the next step in the department's ongoing engagement with China and include collaboration on several important labor issues, including mine safety, workplace safety, wages and pensions."

The agreements call for both nations to broaden their cooperation in the areas of wage and hour regulations and enforcement, public awareness of wage and hour laws and the effective management and analysis of wage and hour enforcement data.

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