Febrero 19, 2018

Labour Unions, Manufacturing Workers Protest NAFTA Talks In Montreal

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A key complaint is that NAFTA has failed to lift chronically low Mexican wages that have steadily drawn US and Canadian factories and jobs to Mexico by allowing companies there to thwart unionization.

Negotiators, Canada's chief negotiator said, are hoping will close negotiations around phytosanitary and sanitary measures, that deal with food safety, animal and plant health.

For example, corn is Wisconsin's number one crop and much of that crop is exported either as corn or corn products. As Mexican, Canadian, and US officials continue to debate on how to overhaul the agreement, Trump has continually threatened to withdraw from the agreement. We owe it to Wisconsin's farmers to do what we can to assure they continue to play a major role in feeding a hungry world.

Teams from Canada, Mexico and the United States are in Montreal for the sixth and penultimate set of talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The sooner we wrap up the NAFTA negotiations, the sooner our trade officials can turn their attention to negotiating new trade agreements focused not just on improving the markets we already have, but on expanding access to markets that promise growth for USA exports all around the globe. In addition, the Trump administration has launched separate probes into aluminum, steel and solar panels.

As for beer, Baker says, Mexico "obviously sees these relationships and understands that they're integrated", and would know that raising the cost of the wheat and barley needed to make beer would harm the domestic beer industry for no particular reason.

The U.S. has said it wants to increase North American vehicle content from the current 62.5% to 85%.

He added that Trump has already said Britain will be at the "front of the line" in trade negotiations. That's approaching levels experienced by China, he said.

Heritage, a leading conservative think tank, hosted the January 16 event to highlight advantages of increasing energy trade with Canada and Mexico.

As the tech sector becomes an increasingly large part of the auto industry, Mr. Volpe said, these proposals will help keep future jobs in North America - rather than seeing them move to China.

South Korea has already said it will complain to the WTO over what it sees as USA violations over the tariffs, and will ask other members of the trade body to join it.

Last week Trump said yanking the USA from NAFTA might be the only way to get a better deal with trading partners down the road.

The group reiterated its stance that a USA withdrawal from NAFTA would have a negative impact on the US economy. But like other industries, auto makers are also anxious that a rift at the negotiating table could spell the end of Nafta if Mr. Trump follows through with threats to withdraw from the 24-year-old pact. "I think we have a good chance, but we'll see what happens".

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