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[Excerpt] Migrant labour was the elephant in the room when American, Mexican and Canadian negotiators hammered out the North American Free Trade Agreement last year. The elephant is still in the room, as negotiators now try to work out a "side agreement" on labour rights and labour standards to fulfill a campaign promise by President Bill Clinton. They never mention migrant worker rights, the single biggest issue affecting labour standards and labour conditions on the North American continent.


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Compa, L. (1993). The art of ignoring impatient elephants [Electronic version]. International Union Rights, 1(4), 5-7.
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Reprinted with permission of the International Centre for Trade Union Rights.