Trade, employment & development
Market opening should be an instrument for sustainable development. This requires that the promotion of quality employment becomes the primary goal of trade liberalisation, with a fair distribution of the wealth for the workers who create it. The sustainable growth we stand for cannot happen at the expenses of weaker parties. The IMF, particularly through its Working Party on Trade, Employment and Development, works to build solidarity and harmonize the legitimate interests of workers in the North and the South, and to promote a transparent debate on the concerns arising from trade liberalisation.
IMF South Asia Office organized a workshop on EU India Free Trade Agreement on February 14 and 15 in New Delhi. Representatives of Indian national trade union centres and Indian affiliates of IMF, BWI, ITGLWF, UNI, ICEM exchanged views on trade policies and implications for development and employment with IMF affiliates from France, Italy, Canada, Argentina and Japan.Feb 15, 2012
In a statement in the run-up to the 8th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, December 15-17, The Global Unions make a joint statement criticizing the WTO for failing to address fundamental problems, and propose remedies.Dec 14, 2011
APEC leaders meeting in Hawaii said nothing about establishing a fairer trading system, investing in decent jobs or strengthening social protection. Unions were particularly concerned at the statement on a Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement (TPPTA) announced at the APEC summit on November 12, 2011.Nov 16, 2011