Posts Tagged ‘inequality’

Free Trade Labor — Comment

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

The impact of NAFTA on income equality across North America offers a good starting point for understanding the consequences of free trade labor on working people.

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Transnational Capital Seeks to Strenghten Its Position

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

In the midst of the current US and global economic meltdown, transnational capitalism is seeking ways to strengthen its position at the expense of working people in North America and worldwide.   We warned of this in Combating Globalization but did not expect to see capital’s initiatives launched so soon after the US elections.

It is reported in the newspaper article Cross-border truck plan is being revisited that pressure to allow US and Mexican carriers to make deliveries into the interior of each other’s country, a provision of NAFTA that was blocked by the actions of labor unions, independendent  trucking associations, and environmental organizations  in 2007,  is mounting on the US Congress.

The NAFTA Corridors: Offshoring US Transportation Jobs to Mexico presents an  in-depth analysis of transnational capitalism’s plan to employ free trade transportation labor from the South to undercut labor in the North.  This article exposes all of the facts that are obscured in mainstream news accounts.

The threat of this renewed globalization scheme against Northern labor in general and transportation workers specifically is very real.

Combating Globalization reports how a provisional victory for labor was won and offers lessons that are applicable today.  The struggle will be much more intense this time around.

If capital is allowed to strengthen its position vis-a-vis labor during this economic crisis, the increasing inequality and environmental damage that accompanied past neoliberal globalization is just a preview of the future.

To meet this clear and present danger, old alliances will have to be strengthened and new ones formed.

Times is short–congress is scheduled to begin meetings on this issue later this week.