Steelworkers support NDP demand to renegotiate NAFTA, add meaningful labour and environment standards; Where do the other parties stand?



    TORONTO, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers' (USW) National Director
Ken Neumann says the New Democratic Party's call for important changes to the
North American Free Trade Agreement are absolutely necessary to protect jobs
and workers in Canada.
    "We congratulate the NDP for calling for all international trade
agreements, including NAFTA, to include meaningful labour and environment
standards that will protect Canadian jobs and the environment," said Neumann.
    "Canada must do whatever is necessary to renegotiate the terms of NAFTA
and sign trade agreements that ought to be used to raise the living standards
of working people in each trading nation. Too often, NAFTA has been used
against the interests of workers and communities, by encouraging a rush to the
lowest labour and environmental standards."
    "We are asking all parties to clearly define where they stand on making
all international trade agreements work to support fairer trade, defend
cultural industries and strengthen Investment Canada regulations to stop the
hollowing out of Canadian industry," he said.

    Canada's most diverse union, the USW represents more than 280,000 men and
women working in every sector of Canada's economy.





For further information:

For further information: Ken Neumann, National Director for Canada,
(416) 487-1571 or (416) 558-2510, or Peter D. Birt, Communications Department,
(416) 544-5966


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