Unifor hosts NAFTA: A Worker’s View Roundtable


OTTAWA – Unifor National President Jerry Dias will host NAFTA: A Worker’s View Roundtable, featuring Mexican and Canadian labour leaders, Canada’s Chief NAFTA negotiator Steve Verheul and members of Canadian civil society groups.

“This is a critical time for the voices of workers to be heard on the true impact of NAFTA in both nations,” said Dias. “There is real danger that the sudden push by the U.S. for a rush deal could lead to a further deterioration of living standards for workers.”

WHAT:     Unifor trade roundtable on NAFTA: A Worker’s View

WHERE:  Lord Elgin Hotel, Pearson Ballroom 100 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON

WHEN:    Wednesday, March 28 10:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET

WHO:      Unifor National President Jerry Dias

                 Canada’s Chief NAFTA Negotiator Steve Verheul

                 Representatives from independent Mexican unions 

                Canadian civil society activists      

Media are invited to attend at 10:45 a.m. for a photo op of arrivals. The roundtable will be held in-camera with a scrum outside the ballroom at approximately 12:00 p.m.

The roundtable is part of Unifor’s NAFTA lobby week, which featured a joint delegation of Canadian and Mexican unionists meeting with Members of Parliament, representatives of the Standing Committee on International Trade and members of Canada’s NAFTA Labour negotiating team.

A list of Mexican worker demands for the renegotiation of NAFTA was presented in anticipation of the next round of talks, expected to take place in Washington D.C. next month.