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NAFTA math may not add up to more US auto jobs
Trump administration demands in NAFTA trade negotiations meant to push auto jobs back to the United States may not be enough to spark a shift in where automakers build cars and trucks.
Mexico offers Nafta compromise on car content, wages
Mexico is opening the door to compromise on the key Nafta issue of auto manufacturing, though it’s unclear if the flexibility is enough to reach a deal with the US and Canada.
US wants 4-year phase-in for higher NAFTA auto content thresholds
The latest US proposal for increasing NAFTA’s regional automotive content would carry a four-year phase-in to meet a higher, 75 percent regional value threshold and new labor content rules requiring substantial work at wages of $16 an hour or higher.
Higher auto wages the centrepiece of major US NAFTA proposal
Mexican workers’ wages are at the heart of a major proposal from the United States aimed at breaking through an impasse on automobiles and securing a new North American Free Trade Agreement.
Teamsters raise concerns on Canada-Mercosur trade talks
The union is concerned that the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership could be used as a model for talks with Mercosur.
Trade deals must work for rural women say participants at key UN session
Trade agreements must take into account the concerns of the millions of women who earn their living off the land in developing countries, participants said at a meeting held during the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York organized by UNCTAD and the Asia Pacific Forum on Women Law and Development (APWLD).
Don’t sign CFTA, Labour; ex-NACCIMMA boss, others beg Buhari
Organised labour pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari not to sign the African Continental Free Trade Agreement CFTA.
Workers reject terms of Mercosur-EU agreement
The Coordination of Trade Unions of the Southern Cone and the European Trade Union Confederation expressed their disagreement with the terms on which the possible agreement between Mercosur and the European Union is proposed.
Can Labour bring labour rights to RCEP?
With RCEP trade deal negotiations resuming in Singapore this week, Edward Miller says the Labour-led coalition will face an early test of its so-called "new approach on trade".
Malmström issues plan to improve implementation of sustainability chapters in EU trade deals
The EU’s top trade official released a plan examining how the bloc can make sure the sustainable development chapters in its trade deals can be applied more effectively.
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