SPP Summit Shows Hypocrisy Of NAFTA On Labour

Posted on Wednesday, April 23 at 09:10 by sthompson

From Letter: Another View of SPP Summit

President Bush chose New Orleans for hosting the fourth Security and Prosperity Partnership summit gathering of the U.S., Mexico and Canadian heads of states as a way to send a “signal about the city’s redevelopment since the hurricane.” Wrong signal.

Construction contractors used to say that in New Orleans the right spelling of the acronym FEMA, as for the national disaster relief agency, is “Find Every Mexican Available.” Stupid joke? Not so fast...

...Under the plainly wrong “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy of immigration, millions of undocumented workers of Mexican origin push the engine of the U.S. economy, but contrary to the fear of the giant “sucking sound.” A deafening whisper prevails: “We need your labor — at U.S. substandard contractual conditions, of course — for our citizens at those wages won’t take the jobs.”

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  1. Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:12 pm
    “We need your labor — at U.S. substandard contractual conditions, of course — for our citizens at those wages won’t take the jobs.”

    Another of those circular references I don't understand. The job pays only enough that no one could live off it, so they have to hire cheap (possibly illegal) labour, because they are the only ones who would work like dogs for that wage - so that is all the employer offers to do the job.



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