Speaker: Paul Bocking

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York University
Paul is a PhD student in human geography at York University. His interests centre on labour and political economy in Canada, Mexico and the United States, with current research projects around corporate social responsibility, labour rights and Canadian mining companies in Mexico. He is also a community activist and active member of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF).
Focusing on a case study of a union organizing effort at the La Platosa mine from 2009-2012, this paper studies the challenges facing labour activism at Canadian mining companies in Mexico within the context of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The relative strengths and weaknesses exhibited during labour organizing at the La Platosa mine are evaluated to find both locally specific and more broadly applicable strategies which could be applied to union renewal, both by workers employed under NAFTA’s transnational sector, and by the general labour movement.

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