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5 Lessons Trade Unions Can Teach the WTO

5 Lessons Trade Unions Can Teach the WTO

Polly Jones

Trade talks at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) closed in Nairobi on Saturday and the biggest news is what they did not manage to agree.

After 14 years of stalled talks, rich countries continued to refuse to address longstanding injustices in agriculture, such as food stockholding - a practice that provides food to the poorest people by buying from local farmers – which has an enormous impact on marginalised communities across Asia and Africa.

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We in the first world do not feel the urgency of WTO decisions like they do in the third world. We never see or feel the effects of WTO policies although that will change perhaps in the future with trade agreements.

Trade agreements are equalizing the playing fields for both first world and third world peoples. Corporations want that separate legal system to ensure their profits both in the first world and the third.

We may not have the WTO determining our lives like they do in poorer countries but we are getting these trade agreements which is just another road to the same destination.

With trade agreements … all the world becomes divided between those who have and those who haven’t a chance in hell at being treated with fairness and decency by the corporate oligarchy.

Welcome to the World Trade Deals Organization.

The WTO works hand-in-hand with the IMF, the World Bank, and other agencies of the international banking cartel. It’s objective is not to help third world countries, but to subjugate them. http://coloradopublicbanking.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-view-from-top-of-power-pyramid.html