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Special economic zones: engines of development or sites of exploitation?
Many SEZs have been associated with compressions of land, labour and human rights. Investment treaties protect investments against adverse regulatory change, including in SEZs. To date, investors have brought at least 20 arbitrations to challenge diverse aspects of SEZ regimes.
Joint ITUC-Africa/ETUC/ITUC statement on the EU-Africa EPAs and EU-Africa trade relations
Trade unions from Africa and Europe have followed with grave concern the negotiation and conclusion of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the EU and regional groupings in Africa.
Challenging the far right’s nationalist opposition to free trade deals
Extreme right-wing, anti-immigration and Islamophobic parties tend to oppose so-called "free trade" agreements.
AMWU Statement on the Trans Pacific Partnership
As part of the Change the Rules campaign, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) and the broader union movement have raised significant concerns with Labor and the Government about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.
Indonesia FTA in doubt as Labor tightens trade rules
The free trade agreement between Australia and Indonesia is in peril after Labor said it would not ratify the deal, or any other FTA in the pipeline, unless provisions allowing the importation of foreign workers and the ability of foreign governments to sue, were stripped out.
Crossbenchers plot to embarrass Labor over Trans-Pacific Partnership
Crossbenchers are ramping up pressure on Labor at the 11th hour to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, drafting amendments that would force opposition senators to vote against the party’s policy.
ALECA: La Tunisie et l’UE négocient pour l’annulation des visas pour les professionnels tunisiens
Pour le secrétaire d’État tunisien au Commerce extérieur ne peut plus parler d’Accord de Libre Echange si les professionnels, ou encore des investisseurs sont obligés d’obtenir un visa pour aller en Europe dans l’exercice de leurs fonctions.
Eurogroup for Animals launches a study on biodiversity provisions in EU FTAs
Trade and Sustainable Development provisions in EU FTAs remain aspirational and there is no clear trend of improvement.
Trump’s trade deal with Mexico gives workers more rights than NAFTA. But there’s a catch
When NAFTA was signed, it included labor protections for workers in all three countries. But labor complaints filed through the NAFTA labor dispute process have led nowhere.
Japan to accept more caregivers from three Southeastern Asian countries
Japan is planning to accept a greater number of caregivers from three Southeastern Asian countries having bilateral free trade agreements with Tokyo as part of efforts to address a labour shortage in the country.
Asia’s evolving ‘free’ trade deal may not benefit workers
Labor unions and workers’ rights advocates fear that the secretive RCEP agreement will further erode workers’ rights in the Asian region, while strengthening the hands of investors who may be able to sue governments for changing laws such as setting minimum wages, that would erode their profitability.
Concerns over Việt Nam-EU FTA signing
Việt Nam still needs to ratify - or commit to ratify - three conventions among eight core conventions of the International Labour Organisation required for the approval of the EVFTA by the EU
Mexico’s historic election: A labor perspective
The recent election in Mexico is a referendum on the global reaction to the neoliberal assaults accompanying trade deals like NAFTA and TPP. Listen to this webinar with Manuel Perez-Rocha and Héctor de la Cueva
Briefer: Mega-FTAs and its implications on Asian Workers
Cross-regional mega-FTAs are now being preferred over bilateral and plurilateral trade agreements as imperialist powers compete for cheap labor, sources of raw materials, and markets.
Mexico’s landslide election: A labor perspective
Trade justice alliance webinar on Sunday 15 July
RCEP: India must uphold peoples’ rights and welfare
Joining the RCEP would definitely have economic, social and environmental costs for India. Threats to the livelihoods of millions of farmers and workers due to cheaper imports are real and present danger.
Lana Payne: Trading away the potential for stronger labour rights
With all the talk of demanding labour rights under NAFTA that are progressive and enforceable, it begs the question: what happened to demanding those rights when negotiating the new Trans-Pacific trade deal?
Humanitarian crisis scenarios, Central American migrants in Mexico
The current dimension of international migration is related to the global dynamics of neoliberal capitalism and its effects.
Liberals’ corporate-friendly TPP trade deal will kill Canadian jobs, increase inequality
The TPP is first and foremost a corporate-rights deal for multinationals. It will worsen inequality, further erode Canada’s manufacturing and industrial base.
A globalisation for people, not business
Globalisation is in crisis because of its almost totalitarian outreach to all areas of everyday life. People feel a loss of control, because their way of life is perceived as subject to trade requests solely for the benefit of globally acting firms.