Globalizing the left
The Canadian trade union movement has to put greater emphasis on
using its global ties to prevent multinational companies from shifting
their operations to low wage countries, at the expense of well-paying
jobs at home.... Through widening established liaisons in the international
arena... Canadian labour stands a better chance of preventing employer
groups from downgrading jobs, wages or benefits as a result of playing
workers in one country off against those in others. As one important
example of where this idea could go, the possibility of global negotiations
with multinational firms -- with unions in developed countries working
hand in hand with those in the developing world -- holds exciting
prospects for enhancing wages, working conditions, and indeed, the
value of work itself, on a worldwide basis. This is what 'free trade'
should really be about -- establishing international trade relationships
that benefit ordinary citizens....
Published in the Connexions Digest #53, January 1991