Trade deals were hammered out in secret by multinationals at the expense of workers and citizens. Benefits must be shared if the global economy is to work The fact that these free … Continue reading Globalisation: time to look at the past to plot the future
Ottawa’s negotiators are pushing Mexico on its corporate-sanctioned unions, which are accused of negotiating collective agreements unfavourable to workers and targeting American right-to-work laws that allow workers in unionized shops to refuse … Continue reading Canada demands U.S. end ‘right to work’ laws as part of NAFTA talks
(Reuters) – Chinese textile firms are increasingly using North Korean factories to take advantage of cheaper labor across the border, traders and businesses in the border city of Dandong told Reuters. The clothes made in North Korea are labeled “Made in China” and exported across the world, they said. Using North Korea … Continue reading North Korea factories humming with ‘Made in China’ clothes, traders say | Reuters
Technology enables employers to erode our autonomy, and lax laws let exploitation thrive It’s not technology that’s been replacing jobs, it’s allowing jobs be outsourced to countries where lax laws allow workers … Continue reading Worry less about robots and more about sweatshops | The Guardian
When it comes to Brexit, Labour is caught between a rock and a hard place. With both the party and its electoral base divided, and passions running high on both sides, it … Continue reading What Would It Look Like to Build a Politics That’s Open to People But Closed to Big Money?
Rich countries export air pollution, and its associated mortality, as they import goods 22% of these deaths are from countries like the United States using cheap labor in China for example and … Continue reading Global air pollution: Airborne particles cause more than 3m early deaths a year
Undercover investigation by China Labor Watch exposes low wages, hazardous chemicals and overtime beyond legal limits That Mattel Hot Wheels toy you’re giving your child this Christmas, made by a Chinese worker … Continue reading The grim truth of Chinese factories producing the west’s Christmas toys
Apple is reportedly asking its manufacturing partners to investigate moving iPhone production to the United States, according to the Japanese newspaper Nikkei. This would be a great thing if they did it! … Continue reading Apple is reportedly trying to move iPhone manufacturing to the US
If you needed proof that trade agreements are just an excuse to hand big business power at our expense, look no further than Ceta, a deal between the EU and CanadaLike the … Continue reading Think TTIP is a threat to democracy? There’s another trade deal that’s already signed
But it now appears that globalization reaches its limits. These limits exist for two reasons. Firstly, there is the environmental limit. Globalization leads to very strong forms of specialization. There is of … Continue reading How Far Should We Push Globalisation?
International corporations that want to intimidate countries have access to a private legal system designed just for them. And to unlock its power, sometimes all it takes is a threat. Why would … Continue reading The Secret Threat That Makes Corporations More Powerful Than Countries
Policymakers must address needs of trade-affected workers, International Monetary Fund’s new World Economic Outlook says Source: IMF study warns free trade seen as benefiting ‘only a fortunate few’ | Business | The … Continue reading IMF study warns free trade seen as benefiting ‘only a fortunate few’