Continental Crucible: Big ‪‎Business‬, ‪Workers‬ and ‪Unions‬ in the Transformation of ‪North America‬

Continental Crucible: Big ‪‎Business‬, ‪Workers‬ and ‪Unions‬ in the Transformation of ‪North America‬This revealing book by Edur Velasco Arregui and Richard Roman illustrates the ways in which the capitalist classes in Canada, Mexico and the United States used free trade agreements to consolidate their agendas and organize themselves continentally. This study has clearly shown that, far from the neoliberal integration of the continent being imposed from the outside by the United States, it was the Canadian and Mexican states which took the crucial initiatives, above all as a means of shifting the domestic balance of class forces in favour of their own capitalist classes and against their working classes. The failure of traditional labour responses to stop the continental offensive being waged by big business has led workers and unions to explore new strategies of struggle and organization, pointing to the beginnings of a continental labour movement across North America.

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