We join our partners from Canada, Mexico and across the United States calling out the Trump NAFTA Proposal because it falls short on Jobs, Wages, Human Rights and the Environment.
Our friend, Arthur Stamoulis, Citizens Trade Campaign’s executive director, says, “A lot more work is needed for a NAFTA replacement to benefit working people and the planet.” We agree.
Here is the rest of his response to the proposed text for a revised version of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA):
“The Trump administration’s current NAFTA proposal fails to include the critical changes necessary to protect jobs, raise wages, defend human rights and reverse environmental damage. Substantial additional changes are needed if the pact is going to provide real benefits to people other than corporate elites.
“Each week, NAFTA continues to destroy livelihoods across the continent. Unfortunately, the deal on offer does not include the enforcement mechanisms for labor and environmental standards needed to prevent employers from moving jobs abroad to areas where worker rights and environmental protection are routinely ignored. Without strong labor and environmental rules with swift and certain enforcement, Trump’s version of NAFTA will continue to facilitate the outsourcing of jobs, the suppression of wages and the dumping of toxins. While steps forward have been made in other areas, a NAFTA replacement without this fundamental fix is a nonstarter.
“In addition, Trump’s proposal is significantly worse than the original NAFTA on access to medicines. The world needs trade policies that increase the affordability of life-saving medications — not ones that extend monopolies for pharmaceutical giants and raise healthcare costs.”Beyond failing to even mention climate change, the current proposal also seeks to maintain special rights for some of the planet’s most egregious corporate polluters. If allowed to move forward as written, these handouts to oil and gas companies would prolong NAFTA’s ongoing threats to our air, water and climate.
“As much as the White House wants to spin this as a win, a lot more work is needed before there’s a NAFTA replacement deal that working families can be happy about. All parties involved should continue working towards a trilateral agreement that actually benefits working people and the planet.”