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Free trade requires labour norms and democratic control

22 March, 2016Rules are needed for global trade, but they must include high labour norms and guarantee benefits for all, instead of weakening democratic control and favouring multinational corporations.

ITUC launches petition to halt TPP trade negotiations

9 June, 2015The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), together with national trade union centres, is demanding transparency in discussions over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)  — a free trade agreement currently being negotiated in secret.

Future still uncertain on AGOA

15 August, 2014Tens of thousands of jobs in the African garment sector dependent on exports to the United States are at risk unless US Congress urgently addresses reauthorization of the Africa Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA).

Unions back the auto agreement between Argentina and Brazil

20 June, 2014The agreement with Brazil will allow Argentina to help resolve the crisis in the auto industry. Unions affiliated to the CGT believe the agreement will boost the sector and create jobs.

“Put Industry Back to Work”, demand European Trade Unions

3 April, 2014Just ahead of the upcoming European Parliament elections, European trade unions accepted a manifesto demanding to “Put Industry Back to Work” at an Extraordinary Executive Committee meeting of IndustriAll European Trade Union on April 2 in Madrid.

The Future of Trade: business as usual

2 May, 2013On 24 April, the panel convened by WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy to consider the future of trade released its report 'The Future of Trade: The Challenge of Convergence'.

IMF a threat to collective bargaining

25 April, 2013The International Monetary Fund labour market remedies pose a real threat to collective bargaining systems. Austerity policies, now more than ever, are being challenged after pro-austerity data proves to be based on flimsy facts.

South African union slams minimum wage compliance criticism

14 February, 2013Sactwu has taken issue with a report by the Centre for Development Enterprises that claims efforts to establish minimum wage compliance in the clothing sector is destroying the sector and resulting in massive job losses.

Financial Transaction Tax approved by EU

28 January, 2013A Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) in the European Union (EU) could be set in place by January 2014, following the approval of EU Finance Ministers meeting in Brussels on 22 January 2013.

European Parliament votes overwhelmingly in favour of Financial Transaction Tax

14 December, 2012Eleven EU countries have been given the green light by the European Parliament to introduce a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT).