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  •  How Right You Are: Transnational Unions Needed. (13+ / 0-)

    Upon reading the horrendous implication of this transnational trade agreement, my first thought was what the hell can we do to stop this in its tracks?

    The first step is obviously to demand that the terms of these negotiations be released to the public.  (Thanks TPau for giving the link to a petition to that effect: See "Sign the Petition to tell Obama you want to see the text of the agreement" above.)

    One hopes that brave whistle-blowers will continue to release what the can as well.

    But ultimately a counter-force, like a transnational labor union is required to effectively resist these multinational capitalist efforts to reduce workers (and consumers)  throughout the world to the status of serfs, if not slaves, for the imperialists.

    Convict Bush, Cheney and their torture cabal. Support universal health care,unions, WikiLeaks and Occupy Wall Street! Time for a totally new, democratic economic system. Turn the corporations into worker cooperatives!

    by Justina on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 03:47:33 PM PST

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    •  We should all be Wobblies. (10+ / 0-)

      De air is de air. What can be done?

      by TPau on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 03:53:07 PM PST

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    •  Agreed, we need international labour unions (8+ / 0-)

      whose actions are not tied to a capital-labour accord and we need to revive notions of international solidarity as capital mobility due to cheap labour keeps workers in those countries where trade unions have not been allowed to organise working for low wages and also leads to unemployment and eroding of living standards in the advanced capitalist world. What needs to be done is increase the standards of living, job protections and workers rights in those countries, not maintaining their poverty and destroying our rights in the advanced capitalist world. Putting the blame where it belongs, on MNCs or Transnational corps is essential; the "their stealing our jobs" enables divide and rule between workers and only strengthens the hand of capital.

      "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

      by NY brit expat on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 04:04:56 PM PST

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      •  Agree--that whole "taking our jobs"... (6+ / 0-)

        idea is just to divide and conquer labor. We are all better off realizing that workers have more in common regardless of which country they are from, than the 1% has with any worker, even if that 1% was born here.

        De air is de air. What can be done?

        by TPau on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 04:16:23 PM PST

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        •  agreed completely TP! (5+ / 0-)
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          It is so important to support their struggles and to get them to support ours; it is the same struggle and we have the same enemy! I was thrilled to see pictures of indian workers supporting striking walmart workers and we must do the same when they go out to fight for their rights!

          "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

          by NY brit expat on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 04:18:53 PM PST

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    •  one thing about international labor unions (1+ / 0-)
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      Of course, I agree that worker solidarity is important, if we are to combat global corporatism. What I wonder is- some workers conditions are more desperate than others? For example, I think American workers have more access to tools for organizing, in terms of time and technology, than maybe Indian or Chinese workers? Also, in terms of organizing internationally, how would one involve oneself in a way that is not harmful to those who live under more repressive governments? Like I said, I am in agreement that workers need to organize, I am just thinking of the giagantitude of the corporate state/system (?? not sure what to call it- I guess global capital in general) and the logistics involved.

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