- Title: Sharp differences over labor surface at NAFTA talks in Mexico
- Date: 4th September 2017
- Summary: CIUDAD JUAREZ, CHIHUAHUA, MEXICO (FILE) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF A MANUFACTURING PLANT WORKERS ARRIVING WORKERS SEATED OUTSIDE AT PLANT WORKERS INSIDE MANUFACTURING PLANT WOMAN WORKING IN MANUFACTURING PLANT WORKERS IN PLANT MAN OPERATING MACHINERY SAN JOSE CHIAPA, PUEBLA, MEXICO (FILE) (REUTERS) ASSEMBLY LINE IN AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURING PLANT WORKERS ON ASSEMBLY LINE CAR BEING TRANSPORTED IN PLANT WORKER PLACING CABLES ON CAR BODY WORKERS IN PLANT WORKERS CLEANING CAR WORKERS REVIEWING CAR
- Embargoed: 18th September 2017 17:49
- Keywords: Mexico United States Canada NAFTA renegotiations trade agreement labor dispute
- Location: CIUDAD JUAREZ, CHIHUAHUA, SAN JOSE CHIAPA, PUEBLA, AND MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
- City: CIUDAD JUAREZ, CHIHUAHUA, SAN JOSE CHIAPA, PUEBLA, AND MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Government/Politics,International Trade
- Reuters ID: LVA0026X6LW77
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Tensions over sharp differences in pay between Mexican workers and their Canadian and U.S. counterparts surfaced on Sunday (September 3) as negotiators discussed labor market rules in talks to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Canada's biggest private-sector union said NAFTA should be scrapped if Mexico cannot agree to better labor standards, clashing with Mexican business leaders who argued that workersâ€™ rights were a matter for each country to resolve internally.
Mexican political and corporate leaders firmly resist demands to bring wages into line with U.S. and Canadian levels, arguing the big cost advantage the country enjoys over richer peers should decrease as economic development advances.
Labour union leaders in the two wealthier nations say laxer labor standards and lower pay in Mexico have swelled corporate profits at the expense of Canadian and U.S. workers, making resolution of the issue a major battleground of the NAFTA talks.
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