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US, Mexican unions to file NAFTA complaint over labor bill
US and Mexican unions will formally complain to the US Labor Department on Thursday that Mexico continues to violate NAFTA’s weak labor standards
Unifor stands firmly in opposition to Trans-Pacific Partnership
The TPP failed to meaningfully address the negative consequences of greater trade and investment liberalization, including rising inequality, environmental sustainability, job displacement and lower work standards.
Anchoring labour rights more effectively in EU trade agreements
We have highlighted some of the main limitations of the approach taken and how greater accountability could be established in current agreements.
UK leaving single market for TPP could hit workers’ rights, union warns
TUC delivers stark warning about labour abuses after trade secretary Liam Fox refuses to rule out membership of TPP.
India-UK trade meet to focus on visa restrictions, trade barriers
While the UK can engage in free trade agreement (FTA) talks with other countries including India only after the process of full disengagement from the EU is complete, talks are already happening unofficially on the potential of such a pact.
Japan pushes for March signing of TPP 11
Tokyo’s point man travelling to Vietnam, Mexico to seek consensus on outstanding issues.
Trump and GOP tax cut is handing corporations like Ford a giant incentive to move offshore
Giant corporations got what they wanted out of Republicans on taxes, now they’re lobbying the Trump administration hard to retain their NAFTA privileges.
A Canada-style trade deal would be a disaster for Britain’s workers
Trade unions campaigned against the EU and Canada’s CETA deal because, although it offers lots of protections to foreign investors, it does nowhere near enough to protect workers’ rights and public services.
Outcomes of the trade union conference on economic partnership agreements – Africa/EU
The Conference gathered 35 participants, comprising leaders from African trade union centres, the ITUC-Africa, ETUC, and ITUC, and experts from civil society and academia.
The US-Mexico wage gap is actually widening under Nafta
Trade was supposed to kickstart Mexico’s economy. It hasn’t. Stagnation fuels Trump’s anger, leaves Mexicans eyeing change
Mexico gold mine killings jolt NAFTA talks
The fatal shooting of two workers in an apparent clash between unions at a Canadian-owned mine in Mexico angered labor activists at NAFTA talks who said the violence was an example of poor labor conditions in the country.
Unions take NAFTA wage fight to Mexican senate
The head of Canada’s biggest private-sector union headed to Mexico’s Senate, promising to fight at the NAFTA trade pact talks for improved Mexican wages and free collective bargaining as a way of benefiting workers across North America.
Workers say NAFTA’s neoliberal foundations need to be dismantled from the left—not the right
Rejecting both economic nationalism and free-market fundamentalism, workers across North America are building transnational solidarity and demanding labor rights for all.
Being a trade unionist in Guatemala will get you killed
A chapter on labor issues within CAFTA was to provide an improved environment for labor rights. But the Guatemalan state has consistently failed to implement these protections.
Push for Australia to open its doors to Indonesian workers under free trade deal
Indonesia is pushing for Australia to open its doors to more Indonesian workers - such as nurses and cooks - as well as removing tariffs on textiles as free trade negotiations between the two countries enter the final month.
New free trade agreements: normalising brutal transnational supply chains
Transnational supply chains have been an expanding economic actor since transnational corporations began outsourcing manufacturing to places where extremely low wages, low or non-existing labour safety standards and even slave labour prevailed or were tolerated.
Canada pushes inclusion of strong, progressive labour standards in NAFTA
Canada is pushing for the inclusion of enforceable, progressive labour standards in a rewritten North American Free Trade Agreement.
Without US, 11 nations in TPP inch closer to a deal
Negotiators met for two days in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, to discuss what parts of the original deal they wished to shelve.
Ingersol plant a crown jewel for GM, but deal with Unifor challenging amid NAFTA talks
“This is one of the most productive plants in the world, and it’s losing out because they pay their workers $2 an hour in Mexico. It’s ridiculous,” Unifor president Jerry Dias said.
India’s push to ease worker-movement norms may turn counterproductive
India’s push to ease norms on movement of skilled workers across borders could turn out to be counterproductive