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NEO-LIBERALISM AND NAFTA
Through the promotion of free trade, the extension of property rights and the restructuring of the state, the era of neo-liberalism has undermined gains made by workers, and has made the terrain of struggle more daunting for unions.
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COMMON PRESSURES: NEO-LIBERALISM, THE LABOUR MARKET AND 1
THE STATE 1
UNEVEN RESULTS: THE CRISIS OF NORTH AMERICAN UNIONS 3
THE UNITED STATES 4
THE STATE OF LABOUR INTERNATIONALISM IN NORTH AMERICA 8
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The steady consolidation of neo-liberalism since the 1980s has presented several challenges to unions in North America. Through the promotion of free trade, the extension of property rights and the restructuring of the state, the era of neo-liberalism has undermined gains made by workers, and has made the terrain of struggle more daunting for unions. The current challenges should not be seen solely as emanating from the state. Changes in the organization of work, as well as shifts from manufacturing to the service sector, both part of the economic base of neo-liberalism, are also implicated in the common threats to organized labor and workers more generally. These common pressures on labour in Canada, the United States and Mexico, however, have resulted in different outcomes for the three movements ...
... labour rights, “including freedom of association and the right to organize, free collective bargaining, prohibitions on child labour, and the right to safe and healthy work environments” (Singh, 2002: 438). The NAALC is the only example of the creation of a supranational body that is intended to regulate labour under NAFTA, but its limited capacity to effectively sanction states that violate the agreement renders it almost meaningless. Moreover, the NAALC, despite its claim to promote labour cooperation, has no effective means by which to facilitate connections between the labour movements of North America. This leaves the three labour movements to focus political activities on their own national states, and to pursue international linkages in the absence of any form of continental state apparatus actually enforcing freedom of association and other labour rights.
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