Sunday, November 13, 2005

Free Trade and Tonga

The recent strike in Tonga was a testament to exactly how much power collective action can have. But unfortunately it's not all hugs and puppies after that. SNAP has a very important article about New Zealand sponsoring Tonga's entry to the WTO. Current WTO negotiations aren't just about cars and milk powder, but are focusing on services, including government services (which can only become free trade if they're commodified and privatised). All the gains the Tongan workers have won could disappear if their jobs were privatised.

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