Unifor calls for NAFTA overhaul

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A renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement must include fundamental changes, including enforceable labour and environmental standards and the elimination of the disputes settlement system, Unifor tells the federal government. “For the first time in a generation, we have a chance to fix a trade deal that has hurt Canadian workers and their communities. The federal government needs to make the most of this opportunity, a better future depends on it” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “International talks on trade have to go beyond a tweak here and a little change there. What we need is a fundamental change in way we approach trade, beginning with NAFTA.” In its submission to the federal government as it prepares for NAFTA talks with the United States, Unifor’s position statement makes several recommendations to guide government in the talks. The complete statement is available at unifor.org/NAFTA. The statement comes after a busy week on NAFTA for Unifor that included the publication a week ago today (July 10) of a joint statement with the United Automobile Workers of America (UAW) on NAFTA and the auto industry, a meeting (July 18) between Dias and US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

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