There have been tensions within the global labour movement over free trade agreements. While trade unions in the North especially in manufacturing have supported free trade agreements to secure export markets for ‘their’ companies, trade unions in the Global South oppose these agreements, since they often imply deindustrialisation.
Labour academics, trade union researchers and social movement activists came together at the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ) at Nottingham University on 2 and 3 December 2011 to understand better the dynamics underlying free trade as well as to explore possibilities for transnational solidarity. The various contributions to the workshop, including papers by Samir Amin (Director, World Forum for Alternatives), John Hilary (Director, War on Want) and Bruno Ciccaglione (Coordinator, Seattle to Brussels Network)/Alexandra Strickner (President, ATTAC Austria), can be accessed at: http://www.andreasbieler.net/workshop
Perhaps this is of interest to one or the other of you.
Prof. Andreas Bieler,
Professor of Political Economy,
School of Politics and International Relations,
University of Nottingham,
UK-Nottingham NG7 2RD,
Tel.: 0115-951 4492,
FAX: 0115-951 4859,
Personal website: http://andreasbieler.net
Trade union and global restructuring blog: http://andreasbieler.blogspot.com/
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