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

Editorial: Colombian workers and farmers take on global neoliberalism


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

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


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

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


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

New Zealand Dairy Workers’ Union submitted a report on “Milk Price Inquiry”


As a response to the New Zealand Parliamentary Commerce Committee inquiry into the price of milk, the New Zealand Dairy...

European Parliament votes in favor of financial transaction tax – now on to implementation!


Members of the European Parliament, voting in Strasbourg on March 8, voted overwhelmingly across party lines to adopt the Eurosocialists...