Mexico needs to advocate for wage increases in NAFTA talks

Martínez at the Fondo de Cultura Economica in Mexico, DF

Martínez at the Fondo de Cultura Economica in Mexico, DF

An op-ed in the El Paso Times by Social Justice team member Oscar J Martínez.

As NAFTA negotiations proceed, will Mexico advocate for improvement of the paltry wages in its export-oriented assembly manufacturing sector, namely the maquiladora industry? That issue should be a matter of high priority, but I doubt it will be.

Mexico’s negotiators, who mostly represent business interests, will strive to retain the country’s “competitiveness,” and that means keeping wages at the lowest level possible. This is long-standing government practice.  Read More