Mexico Objects to Labor Enforcement Provision in North American Trade Deal

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Mexico's Deputy Foreign Minister for North America, Jesus Seade, at a news conference in Mexico City, Mexico, December 10, 2019. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido/File Photo

Reprinted from Reuters by Sharay Angulo on December 14, 2019.

Top officials from Canada, Mexico and the United States on Tuesday signed a fresh overhaul of a quarter-century-old deal, aiming to improve enforcement of worker rights and hold down prices for biologic drugs by eliminating a patent provision.

How labor disputes are handled in the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade deal was one of the last sticking points in the negotiations between the three countries to overhaul the agreement. …

Reuters 12/14

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