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Is there a secret union plot to end world trade? No.

09 Jan 2009, by in International

Jagdish Bhagwati, university professor, economics and law, at Columbia University in the USA, has started to froth at the mouth (in the Financial Times) about a secret plot he’s discovered by trade unions to end world trade as we know it. Apparently many of President Elect Obama’s people are in on it. And for all I…

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They just don’t get it in the Czech Republic

07 Jan 2009, by in International

A staggering and swaggering entry into the “they just don’t get it” category is the article by Czech President Vaclav Klaus in the FT today. He argues that the best way out of the current crisis is to deregulate everything. Sorry, I exaggerate. He actually only wrote that: “The best thing to do now would…

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Zimbabwe’s economy: dollarising or dolorising?

29 Nov 2008, by in International

A recently received mis-typed email revealed a wider truth. On Wednesday 3 December, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has called a day of action to draw attention to the continuing downward spiral of the economy of Zimbabwe – join their protest here. The latest phase is characterised by the flight of big business and…

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Addressing the ‘white working class’ – sense beginning to break out?

31 Oct 2008, by in Equality, International

David Lammy MP has said something sensible about the ‘white working class’ issue that’s been rearing its ugly head again recently. Trade unionists are rightly worried about suggesting it’s sensible to segment the working class by race (interesting note – apparently it’s ok to talk about the working class – normally discouraged by politicians as…

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Bush: trade sanctions on Bolivia for NOT restricting trade

20 Oct 2008, by in Economics, International

OK, to be honest, Bush’s sanctions on Bolivia are about Bolivia’s alleged failure to control drug trafficking, rather than trade generally. But I’m at a Wilton Park conference on labour/environmental standards in trade agreements, and the irony struck me. At our conference, trade unionists, employers and trade negotiators are disagreeing about whether the World Trade…

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