Mexico’s Labor Standards No Obstacle to NAFTA Deal: Mexican Minister

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Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland (C) addresses the media with Mexico's Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo (L) and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer at the close of the third round of NAFTA talks involving the United States, Mexico and Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Reprinted from The New York Times by Reuters on February 21, 2018.

Tensions over Mexico’s labor standards will not prevent the signatories to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) from reaching an accord to overhaul the deal, the country’s labor minister said on Wednesday.

Negotiators from the United States, Canada and Mexico are due to meet in Mexico City from February 25 to March 5 for the next round of talks to rework NAFTA, with several major sticking points still casting doubt over the future of the accord.

Foremost among them are US demands to secure a bigger chunk of the automotive business in North America, though unions have also relentlessly attacked Mexican labor standards and pay on the grounds they undermine working conditions in the region. …

NY Times 2/21

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