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

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...

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...

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...

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

13/10/2011

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!

11/03/2011

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

Will Investment Funds Transform Hotel Group Accor into an Empty Shell?

22/12/2009

The decision taken by the Board of Directors of the Accor group to proceed with the plan to split the group...

IUF strengthens cooperation with European Social Auditor Vigeo

18/09/2009

Orignially signed in 2005, the IUF and Vigeo have recently renewed their commitment to working together by signing a new...

The G20 and After – Questions for Labour

31/12/2008

The only surprise to emerge from the recent G20 Washington summit –billed in advance as the launching pad for “a...

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...

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...

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...