The protection of workers’ rights

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The protection of workers’ rights and much more.In the midst of economic turmoil, with a Canadian dollar around parity with the US currency, it may seem wise to try to diversify markets for Quebec exports and, at the same time, reduce our dependence on Our powerful neighbor to the south. This scenario is all the more urgent because the United States is experiencing an unprecedented crisis since the Second World War, from which it seems almost unlikely to emerge. However, the means used to achieve greater diversification of export markets can make all the difference.The negotiation of a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union (EU) is one of the six components [1] of the Quebec economic space strategy launched by the Charest government in March 2008. Although far behind the US, the EU is already the second largest export market for Quebec companies. It can be seen from the following table [2] that as the share of Quebec exports sold in the United States declines, that of the share sold to the EU increases, even without a free trade agreement between The two entities. It is then legitimate to challenge the relevance of signing such an agreement. What will be the gains for Quebec? Unfortunately, while questions remain, responses are scarce and the lack of transparency surrounding the negotiations leaves much to be desired.As negotiations began in May 2009 to conclude the CETA, the Government of Quebec, which was very active in promoting such an agreement, solicited the views of the trade union centers with members working in the private sector Or in public works on what could be the basis for an agreement on labor. Aware that the issue of labor was not necessarily the crucial issue of this negotiation and that Canada has nothing to envy to several EU countries in terms of labor standards, social protection and The CSD, the CSN and the FTQ have agreed to submit a joint proposal while indicating our concerns for other issues related to a possible Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

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