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USW, Unite march in solidarity with Mexican steelworkers
After three decades of NAFTA, Mexican workers are still denied basic rights.
Australia’s 457 visa decision likely to hit free-trade talks with India, officials hint
The Australian government’s decision to scrap a working visa used primarily by Indians is likely to set back efforts to secure a free-trade agreement between the two countries.
Lessons from India on migration’s role in trade policy
India-Australia FTA talks stall over agriculture and migration.
Mexico lagged the rest of Latin America in the NAFTA era, report finds
Over 20 million more Mexicans have fallen below the poverty line since NAFTA took effect.
China FTA review should ditch controversial clause
China FTA review should ditch controversial temporary worker clause, says AFTINET.
A new NAFTA, but not necessarily a better one
NAFTA has its fair share of critics who want to see it updated. But if Trump has his way, a re-negotiated agreement may prove disappointing.
Why are my highly educated friends so ignorant about trade?
Local Futures’ Isabel Marlens discusses why many people know so little about trade issues, and what can be done about it.
Amidst political uncertainty, new updated secret documents on the “Trade in Services Agreement (TISA)” are leaked
The documents include the core text and annexes
TiSA - draft annex on movement of natural persons (8 Nov 2016)
from November 2016 negotiating round
6 ways we could improve NAFTA for working people
It is important that everyday working people’s perspectives lead the debate, starting with how to rewrite NAFTA.
Let us not sacrifice human rights for commercial interests
Opinion on international trade and investment agreements : « Let us not sacrifice human rights for commercial interests - The example of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the European Union and Canada (CETA) »
Parliament committee gives CETA thumbs down
The European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee recommended to reject the EU-Canada trade agreement
TiSA - draft annex on professional services (September 2016)
As leaked by Greenpeace
TiSA: Trade in Services Agreement is bad news for workers and communities
In November 2016, the International Trade union Confederation published analysis of the expected impact of TiSA on workers and service providers
RCEP agrees to work on modalities for movement of skilled workers
Negotiations at the Cebu ministerial a key demand made by India to find jobs for its burgeoning skilled workforce
How the TPP trades away migrant rights
The TPP would fuel displacement and fail migrant workers
World union meeting unites against TiSA and CETA
Global trade union leaders meeting in Panama have united in condemnation of TiSA (the Trade in Services Agreement) and CETA (the Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement), highlighting the risks that both trade agreements pose to jobs and job security.
Public sector unions to oppose Asia Pacific mega trade deal RCEP
On 12 October, the closing day of the Asia Pacific Regional Conference in Fukuoka, around 250 delegates representing more than 70 PSI affiliates from 18 countries resolved to intensify the struggle against the ambitious Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership under negotiation among 16 countries in the region.
Korean workers launch major wave of strikes, winning international support
US unions might use the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement, which includes a clause designed to protect labor rights, to assist their Korean allies striking against government “reform” proposals that would make it easier for employers to fire workers, weaken seniority protections won through collective bargaining and privatize some state-owned industries.
Newly leaked TISA texts expose the scope of the corporate power grab
"It’s time to halt the negotiations, publish the secret texts and ensure the widest possible public debate to expose the full extent of the threat these treaties pose to democracy and the labour movement," international trade union organizations say.