The Art of Ignoring Impatient Elephants
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Compa, Lance A.
[Excerpt] Migrant labour was the elephant in the room when American, Mexican and Canadian negotiators hammered out the North American Free Trade Agreement last year. The elephant is still in the room, as negotiators now try to work out a "side agreement" on labour rights and labour standards to fulfill a campaign promise by President Bill Clinton. They never mention migrant worker rights, the single biggest issue affecting labour standards and labour conditions on the North American continent.
worker rights; Mexico; United States; Canada; NAFTA; North American Free Trade Agreement; migrant workers
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