Nafta Talks Target Stubbornly Low Mexican Wages

Wall Street Journal, Aug 29, 2017
by Dudley Althaus

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico— Emma Palacios started working in factories in this city on the Texas border in 1994, the year the North American Free Trade Agreement came into effect. Ever since, she says, it has been easy to find work at the scores of U.S.-owned factories that opened here. What’s proved harder to find is decent pay.

After 11 years with a major automotive supplier, Ms. Palacios was earning just $1 an hour plus benefits last year. She and dozens of co-workers staged a walkout to demand a six-cent-an-hour bump in pay. She ended up losing her job, and is now at another factory—for even less pay.

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