Unifor workers rally during the third round of NAFTA talks in Ottawa, Sept. 22
The Canadian labour movement is pushing for strong labour protections within a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
The Canadian Press notes, "NAFTA currently includes an unenforceable side deal on labour which essentially commits each NAFTA partner to the aspirational goal of improving working conditions and enforcing its own labour standards."
Canadian unions want enforceable rules within the text of NAFTA 2.0 that would mean higher wages for Mexican workers (without specifying a minimum wage demand), the end of yellow unions (that represent employers rather than workers), and an end to right-to-work laws in the United States (that allow workers to refuse to pay union dues while enjoying the benefits of a unionized workplace).
In short, they want a labour chapter that reflects the International Labour Organization's declaration on the fundamental principles and rights of workers.