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The Free Trade Area of the Americas in the Long Crisis of Brazilian Labour

WithAmanda Latimer

ABSTRACT This article examines the significance of the Free Trade Area of the Americas

(FTAA) from the point of view of Brazilian workers in the hemispheric movement against the

accord. This movement constituted a moment when workers positioned as competitors in the

regional labour market attempted to organize in such a way as to confront the structural

conditions of labour that have accompanied neoliberalism. It also illustrates the need for

instruments of struggle that recognize both the particularity of Southern working class

formation, and the interdependent relation between the well-being, wages and working

conditions of workers in the Global North and South.