The environment in which all workers live, work and organize for collective action has been profoundly shaped by a web of multilateral, regional and bilateral trade and investment agreements – deliberately and misleadingly titled ‘free trade agreements’ – which greatly expand and protect the power of capital. Over many years the IUF has analyzed the global impact of these agreements on workers’ livelihoods, on the labour movement, on public services and public goods, and on democratic governance. We highlight their dangers and outline the routes to action needed to roll back these sweeping attacks on the labour movement and democracy.

Key Developments

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Editorial: Colombian workers and farmers take on global neoliberalism

05/09/2013

Free trade chickens have come home to roost in Colombia, where urban workers and trade unions are supporting the strike...

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Editorial: The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) – a clear and present threat to democracy

19/08/2012

Secret  negotiations are taking place between trade representatives from the United States, Singapore, Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Peru...

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UN Special Rapporteur calls for overhaul of WTO rules to ensure the right to food

30/11/2011

As governments prepare for the December 15-17 WTO ministerial meeting in Geneva, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to...