US labour groups seek investigation on China’s shipbuilding

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On March 12th, the United Steelworkers Union (USW) led a coalition of labour organizations in filing a Section 301 petition, calling on the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to initiate an investigation of Chinese commercial shipbuilding.  The People’s Republic of China (PRC), over the past two decades, enacted a comprehensive strategy to dominate global transportation and logistics networks, including employing an array of non-market policies. Meanwhile, US shipbuilding capacity continues to diminish. USTR Katherine Tai has 45 days to determine whether she will pursue an investigation of Chinese shipbuilding. If the investigation finds that China simply is not playing by free market rules, the law allows the US President to act to remedy the situation since it poses a threat to American commerce.

Other unions joining the USW in filing the trade petition include the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and the Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO.

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